Values, motivational orientation and team cohesion amongst youth soccer players
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Author/sBerengüí, Rosendo; Carralero, Rafael; Castejón Martínez, María Ángeles; Campos Salinas, Juan Antonio; Cantón, Enrique
Discipline/sActividad Física y Deporte
Positive youth development
There is a close link between moral education and sports activities. A well-organized sport can be an excellent means of transferring positive values to children and adolescents, which can influence motivation and group processes. This study aimed to analyse (a) the relationships between social, personal and individualistic values, motivational orientation and team cohesion amongst young soccer players and (b) compare differences in these variables between players competing in different age categories. Our participant sample comprised 401 male soccer players of Spanish teams (mean age=14.64 years) competing in official competitive leagues, of five age categories, Under-10 years to Under-19. All participants responded to three instruments: the Values Scale for Positive Adolescent Development, the Perception of Success Questionnaire and the Group Environment Questionnaire. Correlation and regression, and analysis of differences between categories were performed. The results confirm that ...