A Test of Multidimensional Anxiety Theory with Male Wheelchair Basketball Players

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The purpose of the present field study was to examine the predictions of Multidimensional Anxiety Theory (MAT; Martens et al., 1990) with elite male wheelchair basketball players. Thirty-seven elite male wheelchair basketball players completed the CSAI-II prior to each of three tournament games. Results were analyzed using the intraindividual procedures recommended by Sonstroem and Bernado (1982), and separate polynomial trend analyses were used to test the predictions of MAT. Results did not provide statistical support for MAT in that there were no reliable trends between cognitive state anxiety, somatic state anxiety, state self-confidence, and basketball performance. Avenues for future research are suggested.

Stéphane Perreault is with the Département de Psychologie at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, PQ H3C 3P8. Dan Q. Marisi is with the Department of Physical Education at McGill university, Montréal, PQ H2W 1S4.

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