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Sources of sport confidence, imagery type and performance among competitive athletes : the mediating role of sports confidence

Levy, Andrew R.; Perry, John L. (Sport psychologist); Nicholls, Adam R.; Larkin, Derek; Davies, Jean (Psychologist)


Aim. This study explored the mediating role of sport confidence upon (1) sources of sport confidence- performance relationship and (2) imagery- performance relationship. Methods. Participants were 157 competitive athletes who completed state measures of confidence level/ sources, imagery type and performance within one hour after competition. Results. Among the current sample, confirmatory factor analysis revealed appropriate support for the nine-factor SSCQ and the five-factor SIQ. Mediational analysis revealed that sport confidence had a mediating influence upon the achievement source of confidence – performance relationship. In addition, both cognitive and motivational imagery types were found to be important sources of confidence, as sport confidence mediated imagery type- performance relationship. Conclusion. Findings indicated that athletes who construed confidence from their own achievements and report multiple images on a more frequent basis are likely to benefit from enhanced levels of state sport confidence and subsequent performance.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-07
Journal Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness
Print ISSN 0022-4707
Electronic ISSN 1827-1928
Publisher Edizioni Minerva Medica
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 7-8
Pages 835-844
Keywords Confidence, Imagery, Athletic
Publisher URL
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness, v.55, issue 7-8


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