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Applying Generalizability Theory to Examine the Antecedents of Perceived Coach Support

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Adam CoussensORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Human Kinetics , 2015.

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Although social support is integral to the coaching process, there is only a limited understanding of the antecedents of perceived coach support. We applied generalizability theory to examine perceived coach support and its antecedents at perceiver, provider, and relational levels of analysis. Two studies were conducted in which athletes rated the degree to which they identified with a selection of coaches, and the personality, competency, and supportiveness of those coaches. Univariate analyses demonstrated that the relational component accounted for a significant amount of variance in perceived coach support in both studies. Multivariate analyses demonstrated that when athletes perceive specific coaches to be highly agreeable, competent, and individuals with whom they share a common identity, they also perceive these same coaches to be particularly supportive in comparison to other coaches.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Coussens AH, Rees T, Freeman P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year: 2015

Volume: 37

Issue: 1

Pages: 51-62

Print publication date: 01/02/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 15/11/2018

ISSN (print): 0895-2779

ISSN (electronic): 1543-2904

Publisher: Human Kinetics


DOI: 10.1123/jsep.2014-0087


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