Perceived Support, Positive Well-Being and Performance: The Role of Self-Regulatory Capacities of a Diverse Sample of Adolescent Athletes

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Youth sports provide access to multiple sources of support and connection that hold potential for impacting adolescents’ well-being and athletic performance. Yet little is known on how these developmental relationships shape youth outcomes. With this study, I aimed to fill some of the gaps in research by examining the role of emotion regulation and self-control in explaining the link between sources of support (e.g., perceived non-parental sport support, parental support, and group connection) and indicators of positive well-being (e.g., life satisfaction and positive affect) and athletic performance among adolescent athletes. Participants were from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds in Southern California that identified as high school athletes (N = 436). A path analysis was conducted controlling for gender, age, and ethnicity, which revealed that all three sources of support were related to youth outcomes but in different ways. Parental support was directly and indirectly related to both positive well-being and athletic performance. Sport-specific emotional support was directly related to positive well-being but indirectly related to athletic performance through self-control. Team cohesion was only directly related to positive well-being and athletic performance.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD, Non-Clinical)

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Houltberg, Benjamin J.

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Athletes; Well-being; Performance; Athletic performance; Sports -- Psychological aspects; Sports; Youth


Developmental Psychology


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