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Rachel Hawes

Hawes, R. (May, 2005). The self-fulfilling prophecy in college athletics.
Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Koenig


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the psychological cue of confidence on the second and fourth stages of the self-fulfilling prophecy by demonstrating that a coach's impression of athlete confidence predicts coach behavior and athlete performance. This hypothesis was tested with one coach and 13 Division III collegiate swim team participants. Midseason, the coach completed an overall expectancy rating and a trait sport confidence scale for each participating athlete. At the end of the season, athletes completed a measure assessing the frequency of specific coaching behaviors, and a trait sport confidence inventory. Performance information including percent of improvement over the season and percentile rank among participating athletes at a conference championship were collected. Step-wise linear regressions showed that the coach's perception of the athletes' confidence was the strongest predictor of athlete recall of positive and negative coaching behaviors such that as the coach's confidence impression increased, the athletes' recall of positive interactions with the coach increased and recall of negative interactions with the coach decreased. A step-wise linear regression also showed that the coach's overall expectation for athletes was the strongest predictor of percentile rank at the championships, and that this relationship was positive. Implications of the research for coaches and athletes and directions for future research are discussed

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