The Relationship of Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity to Burnout in High School Basketball Coaches

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Susan A. CapelUniversity of Oregon

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This study investigated the relationship of role conflict, role ambiguity, and six demographic variables to burnout in head high school basketball coaches. Respondents (N = 235) included coaches from six western states. Overall, burnout was found to be at a low to medium level. Regression analyses and follow-up canonical correlation analyses indicated that role conflict and role ambiguity were the only two variables consistently related to burnout. Role conflict explained the most variance on all burnout scores except depersonalization, which was best explained by role ambiguity, and personal accomplishment, which was best explained by number of years as a head coach. Ways are discussed in which role conflict, role ambiguity, and burnout may be reduced in the coaching profession. Follow-up studies need to consider other factors that may relate to burnout or that may contribute to role conflict and role ambiguity.

Requests for reprints should be sent to Becky L. Sisley, Department of Physical Education and Human Movement Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.

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