Perceptions of Coach Social Identity and Team Confidence, Motivation and Self-Esteem


The social identity theory of leadership has potential application to sport coaching research but lacks a usable measure. We administered a pool of 51 items to 271 sport science students aiming to produce measures of coach prototypicality and team identity. Principal component analysis (PCA) produced a 10-item Coach Social Identity Scale (CSIS), and a 15-item Team Social Identity Scale (TSIS). The study produced initial evidence of reliability and validity for both the CSIS and the TSIS, providing a potentially useful set of measures with which to explore the role of social identity in coaching.

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Cassidy, T. , Cummins, P. , Breslin, G. & Stringer, M. (2014). Perceptions of Coach Social Identity and Team Confidence, Motivation and Self-Esteem. Psychology, 5, 1175-1184. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.510130.

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