Goal Orientations and Beliefs about the Causes of Sport Success among Elite Skiers

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Joan L. Duda Purdue University

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The purposes of this study were to determine the relationship between goal orientations and beliefs about the causes of success among elite athletes and to examine the psychometric characteristics of the Task and Ego Orientation in Sport Questionnaire (TEOSQ) in high-level competitive sport. Male and female intercollegiate skiers (N=143) completed the TEOSQ specific to skiing and a questionnaire assessing their perceptions of the determinants of success in skiing. Factor analysis of the TEOSQ revealed two independent subscales that demonstrated acceptable internal consistency. Task orientation was positively linked with the beliefs that skiing success is a result of hard work, superior ability, and selecting activities that one can perform successfully, and ego orientation to the beliefs that taking an illegal advantage, possessing high ability, selecting tasks that one can accomplish, and external variables are reasons for skiing success. Factor analysis of the two goal orientation and four belief scale scores revealed two divergent goal/belief dimensions in competitive skiing.

Joan L. Duda is with the Dept. of Health, Kinesiology, and Leisure Studies, Lambert 113, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907. Sally A. White is with the Dept. of Physical Education at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824.

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