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Loughead, Todd (Kinesiology)
Health Sciences, Recreation.
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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.
Bakker, Amanda, "Investigating Cohesion as a Mediator in the Athlete Leadership Behaviour and Collective Efficacy Relationship in Ice Hockey" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 251.