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Predictors of antisocial and prosocial behavior in an adolescent sports context

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Rutten, Esther Anne; Schuengel, Carlo; Dirks, Evelien; Stams, Geert Jan J.M.; Biesta, Gert

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Abstract This study examined antisocial and prosocial behavior of N = 439 adolescent athletes between 14 and 17 years of age (67 teams). Multilevel analyses showed that team membership explained 20% and 13% of the variance in antisocial and prosocial behavior in the sports context, respectively. The team effects suggest that aggregating antisocial or prosocial adolescents within teams may partially explain differences in antisocial and prosocial behavior among athletes in the sports context. A trend was found towards a relation between higher levels of moral reasoning within teams and less antisocial behavior in the sports context. Favorable moral atmosphere was positively associated with more prosocial behavior in the sports context. Finally, supportive coach-athlete relationships were associated with both less antisocial and more prosocial behavior in the sports context.
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords prosocial and antisocial behavior; supportive coach–athlete relationship; moral atmosphere; moral reasoning
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 294-315
Journal Social Development, 20 (2011) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9507.2010.00598.x
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)