Year of Publication

2016

Date of Thesis

08-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Exercise and Sport Sciences

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to (a) examine the role of general FF on competitive anxiety and (b) determine if achievement goals mediated the relationship between general FF and anxiety. The participants for the study included 77 female athletes NCollege = 60; NHighSchool = 17). Participants completed a questionnaire packet containing the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2 (CSAI-2; Martens, Vealey, & Burton, 1990), the Achievement Goal Questionnaire for Sport (AGQ-S; Conroy, Elliot, & Hofer, 2003) and the Performance Failure Appraisal Inventory (PFAI; Conroy, 2001). A correlational analysis revealed a significant relationship between fear of failure (FF) and the intensity of cognitive anxiety (r = 0.50, p < .01), but a significant relationship did not emerge between FF and the intensity of somatic anxiety. A significant negative correlation was found between FF and the direction of cognitive anxiety (r = -0.35, p < .01). The results for FF and the direction of somatic anxiety did not reveal a significant relationship (r = -0.05, p = 0.69). FF was not related to either the intensity or direction of self-confidence respectively, (r = -0.18, p = 0.15; r = -0.18, p = 0.17). Avoidance achievement goals partially mediated the relationship between FF and anxiety. MAv goals partially mediated the relationship between FF and the intensity and direction of cognitive anxiety. PAv goals partially mediated the relationship between FF and the intensity of cognitive anxiety. The findings highlight the importance of examining multiple factors that contribute to competitive anxiety.

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