Newsflash

The Journal of Sport and Healt Research (JSHR) is an associated journal to D.A.A. association, a professional health journal, sport and education.

UNDERSTANDING SPORT AMOTIVATION AMONG FEMALE YOUTH: THE ROLE OF BEST-FRIEND CONFLICTS AND DEPRESSIVE FEELINGS

 

ABSTRACT

 

Objectives: This study examined the relationship between best-friend conflicts in a sports team and amotivation among female youth, investigating the possible mediation role of depressive feelings.

Material and Method: Participants were 140 girls (13-17 years of age) attending some Italian volleyball societies. Best-friend conflicts, amotivation in sports and depressive feelings were assessed by athletes’ self-report questionnaires.

Results: Findings revealed that best-friend conflicts were positively associated with amotivation in sports. Depressive feelings were found to mediate this association.

Discussions and Conclusions: Findings suggest that best-friend conflicts are salient features related to amotivation in sports among female youths. Moreover, the mediation effect indicates that amotivation in sports might be linked to depressive feelings of females with experiences of best-friend conflicts in the sports team. Particular attention should be devoted by sport professionals to the negative side of dyadic friendships among youth athletes. Overtime, this focus could prevent sport dropouts and promote a healthy sport experience among youth.

 

KEY WORDS

 

sport involvement; social factors; personal factors; athletes

 

 
Journal of Sport and Health Research - 2009