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Goal setting strategies, perceived competence, goal orientation and well-being in junior and senior Swedish football players
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Målsättning, upplevd kompetens, målorientering och psykologiskt välmående hos svenska junior och senior fotbollsspelare (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The objective of this study was to examine goal-setting, perceived competence, goal orientation and psychological well-being in Swedish male football players. Further it was investigated if junior players differed when compared with senior players regarding the subjects mentioned above. This was a quantitative study using the following four instruments: Goal Setting in Sport Questionnaire, Harter’s Competence Scale, Task and Ego Orientation in Sport Questionnaire and General Health Questionnaire. The participants consisted of 121 male subjects who played in junior or senior teams. Achievement goal theory and a working model made by the authors based on previous research represented the theoretical framework. One-way ANOVA was used to examine differences between juniors and seniors. Pearson’s correlation test was used to examine relationships between all the variables. The results indicated that the juniors had significantly higher ego orientation when compared to the seniors. Significant differences also emerged in the importance of competence, negative selfconfidence and anxiety, where the juniors showed higher results in all. Finally, significant correlations were demonstrated between goal setting and perceived competence, task orientation and goal setting, task and positive well-being, ego and perceived competence, perceived competence and positive well-being and anxiety and negative self-confidence in both juniors and seniors. The results were discussed in relation to the working model, the theoretical framework and earlier research.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Football players, goal orientation, goal-setting, juniors, perceived competence, seniors, well-being
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Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27774OAI: diva2:787954
Subject / course
Psychology Targeting Sport
Available from: 2015-02-13 Created: 2015-02-12 Last updated: 2015-02-13Bibliographically approved

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