Term of Award

Summer 2015

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Jody Langdon

Committee Member 1

Brandonn Harris

Committee Member 2

Daniel Czech


Youth athletes participate in youth sport for various reasons. Parents, coaches, and others in one’s environment create the atmosphere that can promote or inhibit such participation. However, one’s motivation towards achievement in sport can at times be negatively influenced by these factors when they fear failure. The aim of the current study was to explore the relationships between environmental factors and goal orientations, while considering fear of failure. Select youth soccer athletes reported that mastery goal orientations were higher when they perceived a task-involving climate and parental involvement was moderate. Performance orientations were higher when parent involvement was high, athletes perceived an ego-involving climate, and they had higher fear of failure. Additionally, fear of failure aided in understanding these relationships through partial correlations. Without considering fear of failure, the relationships between climate and parents with goal orientations are incomplete. These findings are paramount to improving and sustaining youth sport participation.