The implicit achievement motive and general life stress affect time spent on competitive matches in racquet sports

Wegner, Mirko; Schüler, Julia (2014). The implicit achievement motive and general life stress affect time spent on competitive matches in racquet sports. In: Mohiyeddini, Changiz (ed.) Contemporary topics and trends in the psychology of sports (pp. 153-176). New York: Nova Science Publishers

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The match time spent on court in racquet sports can be perceived as dependent on the effort an athlete is willing to exert in a competition. Achievement motivation is defined as the effort a person spends on a difficult task with the completion of which she wants to meet a personal standard of excellence, wants to improve herself, or outperform others (McClelland, Atkinson, Clark, & Lowell, 1953). Fifty-two professionals of three racquet sports (tennis, table tennis, and badminton) filled in a questionnaire on their explicit achievement motive, a scale on general life stress, and a measure of the implicit achievement motive. Results indicate that the implicit but not the explicit achievement motive was able to predict the athletes' time spent on court (effort). Additionally the general life stress scale was negatively related to time spent on court. Findings are in line with theoretical assumptions that actual behavior is linked to the implicit achievement motive and that higher levels of general life stress lead to impaired performance in sports.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science I

UniBE Contributor:

Wegner, Mirko and Schüler, Julia

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISBN:

978-1-62808-820-5

Publisher:

Nova Science Publishers

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mirko Wegner

Date Deposited:

12 May 2014 13:39

Last Modified:

14 Nov 2019 10:10

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BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.48808

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/48808

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