Personality and NCAA Student-Athletes’ Satisfaction with their Coaching Experience

Amanda Alexander, University of Tennessee, USA

Theme: Coaching/leadership

Poster Number: 89

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


Poster Presentation Proposal Submitted to Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference The purpose of the proposed study was to explore the relationship between student-athletes’ personality traits and satisfaction with their collegiate coaching experience. We were specifically interested in how this relationship is reflective of personality-environment fit within the athletic domain. Participants:Participants were solicited from four-year universities with NCAA Division I, II, or III athletic programs. The sample included 204 total participants (144 female, 60 male), representing 19 sports (largest sport represented was Track & Field, n = 108). Measures: Personality: The Personal Style Inventory for College Students (PSI; Lounsbury & Gibson, 2008). Satisfaction with Coaching: The Athletic Satisfaction Questionnaire (Riemer & Chelladurai, 1998). Procedures:After receiving human subjects approval from the authors’ Institutional Review Board, an internet survey was launched using a secure survey distribution website managed by UT Office of Information Technology. Solicitations for volunteer participation were distributed using university email listings and/or athletic department public relations or academic representatives. Results:Two multiple regression analyses were conducted to evaluate how well the Big Five personality traits (agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, extraversion, and openness) predicted satisfaction with coaching by gender. The linear combination of personality measures was significantly related to satisfaction with coaching for both male and female participants: male: F(5, 54) = 2.39, p =.05; female: F(5, 138) = 2.30, p =.05. The sample multiple correlation coefficients were .43 for males and .28 for females, indicating that approximately 18% (males) and 7% (females) of the variances in satisfaction with coaching in the sample can be accounted for by the linear combination of personality measures. Significant part correlations were found for agreeableness (.41) for male participants, and emotional stability for female participants (.26). Practical applications of these results will be presented.

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