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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Motivational Atmosphere in Youth Sport: Coach, Parent, and Peer Influences on Motivation in Specializing Sport Participants
Author(s): Keegan, Richard J
Spray, Christopher M
Harwood, Chris
Lavallee, David
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Issue Date: Feb-2010
Date Deposited: 27-Aug-2012
Citation: Keegan RJ, Spray CM, Harwood C & Lavallee D (2010) The Motivational Atmosphere in Youth Sport: Coach, Parent, and Peer Influences on Motivation in Specializing Sport Participants. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 22 (1), pp. 87-105.;
Abstract: This study qualitatively examined the motivationally relevant behaviors of key social agents in specializing sport participants. Seventy-nine participants (9-18 years old) from 26 sports participated in semi-structured focus groups investigating how coaches, parents, and peers may influence motivation. Using a critical-realist perspective, an inductive content analysis indicated that specializing athletes perceived a multitude of motivationally relevant social cues. Coaches' and parents' influences were related to their specific roles: instruction/assessment for coaches, support-and-facilitation for parents. Peers influenced motivation through competitive behaviors, collaborative behaviors, evaluative communications, and through their social relationships. The results help to delineate different roles for social agents in influencing athletes' motivation.
DOI Link: 10.1080/10413200903421267
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2010, pp. 87-105. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology is available online at:

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