n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Beyond winning : validation of unethical behaviours of amateur sport coaches' scale as perceived through the lenses of athletes : sport ethics

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Ethics have received extensive attention and intrigued business environments in developed countries with regard to research in the last decade. However, developing countries seem to pause with such types of research initiatives. Sport environments in particular are perceived to further lag behind research on ethical behaviours in developing countries. Athletes spend vast amounts of their time in practising and developing their sport skills so that their beliefs and achievements reverberate in their hearts; shaped by those with whom they come in contact in sport environments. In particular, coaches among others are perceived as strong influencing figures in the regulation of athletes' behaviour, attitudes and their desire to achieve. Against this perspective, the study examines the primary factors that comprise coaches' unethical behaviours from the perspective of amateur athletes. Data were analysed from 211 amateur athletes from Southern and Central Gauteng (South Africa) on their perceptions of their coaches' unethical behaviours through a structured questionnaire. Exploratory factors analysis procedures were used to establish the dimensions of coaches' unethical behaviours. Thereafter, the factor structure was subjected to further analysis to ascertain the 'goodness-of-fit' of the factor structure through confirmatory factor analysis. The confirmatory factor procedure showed a satisfactory fit of the factors to the model. The results indicate three factors; coaches' dishonesty, coaches' unprofessionalism and coaches' abusiveness as three basic constructs of coaches' unethical behaviours in amateur sport. Further research and additions of scale items is warranted to explore possible coaches' unethical behaviour among sport coaches.

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