The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between Facebook usage and self-efficacy in collegiate athletes. The data for this study was provided by St. Thomas University athletes in the United States. The variables used to represent Facebook usage, Facebook frequency of use, Facebook number of friends and Facebook frequency status updates were measured using Facebook Intensity Scale (Ellison et al., 2007). The dependent variable used in this study is self-efficacy which is measured using the General Self-efficacy (GSE) developed (Jerusalem & Schwarzer, 1979). Data analyses indicated a statistically significant relationship between Facebook number of friends and self-efficacy. The data also indicated significant inverse relationship between Facebook frequency status updates and self-efficacy. The results of the correlation analysis indicated inverse relationships between frequency status updates and frequency of use, and frequency status updates and Facebook number of friends. These findings suggest that once the coaches, administrators, and professors attend to the issue of Facebook usage for collegiate athletes, it may enhance self-efficacy and psychological benefits.
|Advisor:||Haley, Gordon R.|
|Commitee:||Booker, Jennifer Jo, Mushipe, Zuvarashe Ju|
|School:||St. Thomas University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Sports Management, Management, Physical education, Web Studies|
|Keywords:||College athletes, Facebook, Self-efficacy, Social capital theory, Social cognitive theory, Social network sites|
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