Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Frisch, G. R.


Psychology, Personality.




Twenty-five (14 males and 11 females) Varsity track and field athletes and 38 (27 males and 11 females) Intramural athletes completed the Sport Orientation Questionnaire (SOQ) and the Competitive Orientation Inventory (COI) to measure differences in their Task Involvement and Ego Involvement. As well, the athletes' overall level of achievement motivation was measured. It was predicted that Varsity athletes and Intramural athletes would differ with respect to their overall level of achievement motivation, their level of Task Involvement, and their level of Ego Involvement. The results indicated that the two groups differed with respect to their overall level of achievement motivation but did not differ in their level of Task Involvement or their level of Ego Involvement. These results were discussed in relation to Nicholls's (1984) theory of achievement motivation. The present study questioned the effectiveness of the SOQ to measure Task Involvement. Possible explanations for the inconsistencies between the results of the present investigation and Nicholls's theory of achievement motivation were discussed.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .G665. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0891. Adviser: G. R. Frisch. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.