The present study examined correlations between high school coaches’ moral disengagement and their coaching efficacy and assessed the association between their moral disengagement, gender, and coaching education experience. It also included an exploration of coaches’ beliefs about when hostile aggression is justified and their consequences for athletes who display hostile aggression. High school coaches in the United States ( n=449) completed online surveys that included the Moral Disengagement in Sport Scale, Coaching Efficacy Scale II-High School Teams, a questionnaire regarding hostile aggression, and a demographic questionnaire. A relationship was found between coaches’ moral disengagement and coaching efficacy. Results also showed associations between moral disengagement and coaches’ beliefs that hostile aggression is justified after an athlete has been provoked, and between moral disengagement and coaches’ use of physical conditioning as a consequence for hostile aggression. The findings of this study provide a foundation for understanding coaches’ morals and dealings with hostile aggression.
|Advisor:||Vargas, Tiffanye M.|
|Commitee:||Hawn, Stephen, Pedersen, William C.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Aggression, Athletes, Coaches, Hostile, Sports|
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