A Sport-Specific Measure of Self-Acceptance

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Barbara Teetor WaiteUniversity of Virginia

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Bruce GansnederUniversity of Virginia

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This study represents a first step in the development and validation of a measure of sport-specific self-acceptance. Phase 1 of this study involved instrument design and pilot testing. In Phase 2 a random sample of Division I collegiate athletes (N=131) were asked to complete the Self-Acceptance Scale for Athletes (SASA) as well as measures of general self-acceptance self-esteem, stability of self-concept, and sport-specific self-description (i.e., perceived competence/adequacy). Test-retest coefficients ranged from 62 to .75 and alpha coefficients ranged from .58 to .80. Factor analysis suggests two factors, independence of self-regard and self-accepting self-regard representing the two dimensions of self-acceptance measured in the SASA. Scores on the SASA have moderate correlations with general self-acceptance, self-esteem, and stability of self-concept. A significantly stronger relationship between self-esteem and perceived competence/adequacy than between self-acceptance and perceived competence/adequacy suggests that the SASA is able to discriminate between these closely related constructs

B. Gansneder and R.J. Rotella are with the Department of Health & Physical Education, Ruffner Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2495 B. Waite was a graduate student at the time of this research.

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