Relationships among Values, Achievement Orientations, and Attitudes in Youth Sport

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 University of Brighton
  • | 2 University of Birmingham
  • | 3 University of Thessaly
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This research examines the value-expressive function of attitudes and achievement goal theory in predicting moral attitudes. In Study 1, the Youth Sport Values Questionnaire (YSVQ; Lee, Whitehead, & Balchin, 2000) was modified to measure moral, competence, and status values. In Study 2, structural equation modeling on data from 549 competitors (317 males, 232 females) aged 12–15 years showed that moral and competence values predicted prosocial attitudes, whereas moral (negatively) and status values (positively) predicted antisocial attitudes. Competence and status values predicted task and ego orientation, respectively, and task and ego orientation partially mediated the effect of competence values on prosocial attitudes and of status values on antisocial attitudes, respectively. The role of sport values is discussed, and new research directions are proposed.

Lee and Whitehead are with the Chelsea School, University of Brighton, Brighton, U.K.; Ntoumanis is with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K.; and Hatzigeorgiadis is with the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece.