Faculty Publications

Title

New avenues for instructional communication research: Relationships among coaches’ leadership behaviors and athletes’ affective learning

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Communication Research Reports

Volume

21

Issue

2

First Page

130

Last Page

143

Abstract

This study explored the relationships among coaches’ leadership behaviors and student athletes’ affective learning. Participants included 124 student athletes from 17 high school wrestling teams who completed measures of both their coaches’ leadership behaviors and their own affective learning for sport Results indicated that all five coaching leadership behaviors were associated with athletes’ affective learning, though positive feedback, social support, and training and instruction leadership behaviors were more closely associated with athletes’ affective learning than democratic or autocratic leadership. Likewise, multiple regression analyses revealed that coaches’ leadership behaviors accounted for 41% of the shared variance in affective learning, though positive feedback and autocratic leadership emerged as the only significant predictors of athletes’ affective learning. Finally, a post hoc analysis revealed an interaction effect of autocratic and positive feedback leadership, such that autocratic leadership increased athletes’ affective learning in the presence of moderate to high levels of positive feedback. © 2004, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2004

DOI of published version

10.1080/08824090409359975

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