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Communication Strategies: The Fuel for Quality Coach-Athlete Relationships and Athlete Satisfaction
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4263-8080
2019 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 10, article id 2156Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present two-study paper examined the role of communication strategies that athletes use to develop their coach-athlete relationship. Study 1 examined the mediating role of motivation, support, and conflict management strategies between the quality of the coach-athlete relationship and athletes' perceptions of sport satisfaction. Study 2 examined the longitudinal and mediational associations of communication strategies and relationship quality across two time points, over a 6-week period. Within both studies, data were collected through multi-section questionnaires assessing the studies' variables. For study 1, structural equation modeling highlighted significant indirect effects for motivation and support strategies between the quality of the coach-athlete relationship and athletes' experiences of sport satisfaction. For study 2, significant indirect effects were found for the athletes' perceptions of the quality of the coach-athlete relationship at time 2 between athletes' use of communication strategies at time point 1 and time point 2. Together these findings provide support for the practical utility of communications strategies in enhancing the quality of the coach-athlete relationship and athlete's experiences of sport satisfaction. In addition, the findings provide evidence to highlight the potential cyclical relationship between communication and relationship quality across time.

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Frontiers Media S.A., 2019. Vol. 10, article id 2156
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communication, relationship quality, athlete satisfaction, longitudinal, coach-athlete relationship
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Psychology Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-164046DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02156ISI: 000487591100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-164046DiVA, id: diva2:1361321
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