The current study sought to analyze (1) whether positive and negative parenting behaviors predict motivational orientation towards mastery and ego (respectively) in relation to children's sports practice, (2) whether positive and negative communicational behaviors predict motivational orientation for task and for the ego (respectively) regarding the children's sport and (3) the differences in perception regarding the adoption of parental behaviors, communicational behaviors and motivational orientation between the parental figures, depending on gender. An online questionnaire was applied to 87 fathers and mothers of football and futsal youth athletes. The results showed that (a) the expectations that parents have regarding their children's future predicts the motivational orientation towards mastery and the dissatisfaction with the children's sports performance predicts the motivational orientation towards the parents' ego, (b) the spontaneous positives communicational behaviors predict the motivational orientation towards mastery and that (c) fathers perceive higher levels of negative reactions to their children's unfavorable sports results, higher levels of negative reactive behaviors and even greater motivational orientation towards the ego, compared to the mothers.
|Date of Award||16 Jul 2021|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Catarina Morais (Supervisor)|
- Parental behaviors
- Communication behaviors
- Motivational orientation
- Parental figures