The Relationship between the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2 and Sport Performance: A Meta-Analysis

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Lynette L. CraftMichigan State University

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T. Michelle MagyarMichigan State University

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Betsy J. BeckerMichigan State University

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Deborah L. FeltzMichigan State University

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The multidimensional approach to the study of anxiety (Martens, Vealey, & Burton, 1990a) considers subcomponents of anxiety, specifically cognitive anxiety, somatic anxiety, and self-confidence. Much of the research based on this theory has utilized the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory (CSAI-2) (Martens, Burton, Vealey, Bump, & Smith, 1990b). Findings have been inconsistent, with some research suggesting that the three subcomponents have separate relationships with performance and other studies failing to find any relationship between the anxiety subcomponents and performance. This meta-analysis examined the effect of state anxiety as measured by the CSAI-2 (i.e., cognitive anxiety, somatic anxiety, and self-confidence) on athletic performance. Studies were coded for characteristics that could potentially moderate the effects of anxiety on performance (i.e., features of design, subjects, sport). Interdependency between the three subscales was examined using multivariate meta-analytic techniques (Becker & Schram, 1994). Relationships among cognitive anxiety, somatic anxiety, self-confidence, and performance appeared weak. Exploratory modeling showed that self-confidence displayed the strongest and most consistent relationship with performance.

Craft is now with the Div. of Psychiatry, Boston U. School of Medicine, 85 East Newton St., Boston, MA 02118. Magyar is now with the Dept. of Psychology at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095; Feltz is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, and Becker is with the Dept. of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State U., East Lansing, MI 48823.

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