Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Trust as a Precursor of Flow: A Social Cognitive View of Flow in Elite Coach/Athlete Dyads
by Beck Corbatto, Deborah, Ph.D., George Mason University, 2018, 208; 10792355
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the present study was to explore the influence of trust, help seeking/help giving, and relation-inferred self-efficacy on the onset of flow experience in a dyadic relationship between an elite athlete and their coach. The social cognitive theory of triadic reciprocal determinism was used to examine the relationship of the elite athlete and their trusted coach in a high-pressure athletic environment as it related to the ability of the elite athlete to achieve a flow state. Using a multiple case study approach, semi-structured interviews were conducted with five coach-athlete dyads. Data were analyzed using thematic network analysis (i.e., looking for thematic ties to established theory, as well as emerging themes). Prior research has focused on flow as a personally experienced phenomenon arising due to constructs that are largely self-controlled (e.g., loss of self-consciousness, merging of action and awareness, autotelic nature, centering of attention, feeling in control). Findings of this study, based on the triadic reciprocal determinism model, showed support for a more expansive model for flow in elite sport dyads, including behavioral, personal, and environmental influences, particularly in the area of trust. Based on findings of this study, recommendations are made for further research, including the necessity for sports flow research to move to a more applied focus using social cognitive theory. Implications of this line of research include uncovering the method by which an elite coach might create an environment in which flow experiences and improved performance outcomes might ideally occur for the athlete.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kitsantas, Anastasia
Commitee: Drogin Rodgers, Ellen B., Reybold, L. Earle
School: George Mason University
Department: Educational Psychology
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Sports Management, Educational psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Dyad, Elite athlete, Flow, Relation-inferred self-efficacy, Triadic reciprocal determinism, Trust
Publication Number: 10792355
ISBN: 978-0-438-10970-4
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