Contextual Influences on Moral Functioning of College Basketball Players

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Maria Kavussanu The University of Birmingham

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Glyn C. Roberts Norwegian University of Sports Science

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Nikos Ntoumanis The University of Birmingham

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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of moral atmosphere and perceived performance motivational climate on moral functioning of college basketball players and to determine the relationship between moral atmosphere and perceived performance motivational climate. A total of 199 athletes participated in the study. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the interrelationships among the variables of interest. Athletes’ perceptions of the moral atmosphere of their team had a significant effect on moral functioning, while the effect of performance motivational climate on moral functioning was not significant. Perceptions of a performance motivational climate were positively associated with the moral atmosphere of the team. Implications of the findings for eliminating unsportspersonlike conduct in the sport realm are discussed.

Address correspondence to Maria Kavussanu, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK. E-mail: M.Kavussanu@Bham.ac.uk; Glyn C. Roberts is at Norwegian University of Sports Science, Oslo, Norway; Nikos Ntoumanis is with with the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at The University of Birmingham.
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