Isabelle Doré *, Eva Pila **, Jenna Gilchrist *** and Catherine Sabiston ****
(*) School of Kinesiology and Physical Activiti Science,Uiversity of Montreal, Canada
(**) School of Kinesiology, Western University, Canada
(***) School of Public Health amd Healt Systems, University of Waterloo, Canada
(****) Faculty of Kinesioogy and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Canada
Doré, I., Pila, E., Gilchrist, J., Sabiston, C. (2020). Investigating the association between social identity and group-based self-conscious emotions and with sport commitment among adolescent female athletes. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 51(4), 297-319. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2020.51.297
Due to the prevalence of sport dropout among female athletes during adolescence, identifying factors that mitigate this decline in participation is important. This study examined social identity and group-based self-conscious emotions as correlates of sport commitment among 239 young female athletes (Mage= 14.07 years, SD = 1.37 years, Range = 11–17 years). Data were analyzed using linear regressions. The ingroup affect component of social identity was associated with sport commitment (βˆ ranging from .23 to .26, all p<.01). Group-based guilt, shame, and embarrassment were negatively related to sport commitment (βˆ ranging from -.11 to -.15, all p<.05), while group-based authentic pride was positively associated with sport commitment (βˆ =.16, p<.01). Group-based constructs such as social identity and self-conscious emotions may be worthwhile targets for interventions that aim to improve sport commitment and mitigate sport dropout.
Keywords: Embarrassment, envy, group sport, guilt, shame, pride, social identity