Term of Award

Summer 2019

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Brandonn Harris

Committee Member 1

Jody Langdon

Committee Member 2

Charles Wilson


In the industrial and organizational domain, an individual’s commitment to an organization can be influenced by the perceived satisfaction with their work experience (Meyer & Allen, 1991; Porter et al., 1974). Moreover, previous research has demonstrated role components, specifically role stressors (i.e., role ambiguity, role conflict, role overload) as antecedents of commitment (Mathieu & Zajac, 1990; Meyer et al., 2002; Mowday et al., 1982).Correspondingly, it has been demonstrated that role components may impact an individual’s satisfaction. Specifically, role ambiguity and role satisfaction have been exhibited to be significant correlates of athlete satisfaction (Eys et al., 2003; Jones, 2006). Although these constructs have been studied separately, the literature has yet to examine them concurrently. The purpose of the current study was to examine the degree to which athlete satisfaction mediates the relationship between role dimensions and team commitment in collegiate athletes. It was hypothesized that with athlete satisfaction as a significant mediator, role conflict and role ambiguity will negatively predict team commitment, while role acceptance and role satisfaction will positively predict team commitment. However, these results indicated that no significant mediations were established based on these hypotheses. Therefore, regressions were run on significant correlations with team commitment. The results demonstrated that role conflict, team task contribution, and team social contribution were significant predictors of team commitment.

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