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Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)
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Achievement goal theory encompasses the adaptive and maladaptive responses to achievement situations and has a strong background in sport research. (Dweck, 1986; Nicholls, 1984; Senko, Hulleman, & Harackiewicz, 2011). A 2007 meta-analysis established self-efficacy and implicit theories of ability as antecedents of achievement goal orientation (Payne, Youngcourt, Beaubien, 2007). Using the 2 x 2 achievement goal paradigm the purpose of the study looks to evaluate antecedents of self-efficacy and implicit theories of ability on achievement goal endorsement in collegiate student athletes. The current study examined implicit theories of ability as a mediator between self-efficacy and each of the 2 x 2 goal constructs. No significant mediations could be established. Regressions were run on significant correlations. Significant correlations were found between self-efficacy and incremental beliefs, entity beliefs and performance approach goals, as well as entity beliefs and performance avoidance goals. The results demonstrated some expected and unexpected findings, and add to the existing literature on the specific sport population of collegiate student athletes.
Cottrell, Cory, "Self-Efficacy, Implicit Theories of Ability, and 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Orientation: A Mediation Analysis in Collegiate Athletics" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1786.
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