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The positive association between perceived parental responsiveness and self-esteem, anxiety, and thriving among youth rugby players: A multigroup analysis

Olivier Rouquette Orcid Logo, Camilla Knight Orcid Logo, Vicky Lovett Orcid Logo, Donald Barrell, Jean-Philippe Heuzé

Journal of Sports Sciences, Volume: 39, Issue: 13, Pages: 1537 - 1547

Swansea University Authors: Olivier Rouquette Orcid Logo, Camilla Knight Orcid Logo, Vicky Lovett Orcid Logo

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The purpose of this study was to examine the association between young players’ perception of mother’s and father’s responsiveness with their self-esteem, anxiety (i.e., worry), and thriving (i.e., positive affect, vitality, and life satisfaction). In total, 314 male British rugby players with a mea...

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Published in: Journal of Sports Sciences
ISSN: 0264-0414 1466-447X
Published: Informa UK Limited 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa56140
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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the association between young players’ perception of mother’s and father’s responsiveness with their self-esteem, anxiety (i.e., worry), and thriving (i.e., positive affect, vitality, and life satisfaction). In total, 314 male British rugby players with a mean age of 16.23 years (SD = 0.26) completed the study in two phases: n = 124 (first dataset), and n = 192 (second dataset). Participants trained on average 3.14 times/week (SD = 0.94) and had been involved in rugby for an average of 8.21 years (SD = 2.89). Participants completed questionnaires measuring perceived parental responsiveness (PPR) for their mother and father, self-esteem, worry about sport performance, and thriving indicators (i.e., positive affect, vitality, and life satisfaction). The results consistently indicated that participants’ perceptions of their mother’s and father’s responsiveness positively related to thriving, and negatively related to their worry about sport performance, mediated by their self-esteem. Overall, the study highlights the need for parents to be provided with insights into the value of being responsive to their child and being encouraged to regularly talk with their child regarding their needs and desires, and seeking to understand how their child perceives the support they currently receive.
Keywords: Adolescent athletes; parent–child relationship; psychosocial outcomes; youth sport
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 13
Start Page: 1537
End Page: 1547