Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Loughead, Todd (Kinesiology)

Keywords

Health Sciences, Recreation.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose was to examine whether cohesion mediated the relationship between athlete leader behaviour and collective efficacy. The participants were 207 male ice hockey players. Each participant completed the Group Environment Questionnaire (Carron et al., 1985), assessing cohesion, the Leadership Scale for Sports (Chelladurai & Saleh, 1980), assessing athlete leadership behaviour, and the Collective Efficacy Questionnaire (Feltz & Lirgg, 1998), assessing collective efficacy in hockey. Cohesion (ATG-T, GI-T, GI-S) was found to mediate the Positive Feedback-collective efficacy relationship for both formal and informal leaders. In addition, cohesion (GI-T) mediated the Democratic Behaviour-collective efficacy relationship among informal athlete leaders. Findings suggest that coaches and sport psychologists should foster the development of specific athlete leader behaviours, which will lead to greater perceptions of team cohesion and in turn, athletes will have a greater sense of collective efficacy within their team.

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