An exploration into the effects of pre-existing friendships on leaders and friends in team sports

Taylor, E. (2020) An exploration into the effects of pre-existing friendships on leaders and friends in team sports. Undergraduate theses, University of Chichester.

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The present study explored the experiences of leaders and friends within sport and the impacts a pre-existing friendship could have on their sporting and social relationships. The features of a leader-friend dyad were also investigated. In an exploratory, qualitative study of eight university athletes (four captain-friend dyads), the current study found that a captain-friend dyad can be characterised by communication in play and outside competition, social support, an equal distribution of power, the creation of clear boundaries, trust, positivity, sharing a similar personality and professionalism. The study also identified positive and negative implications of having a pre-existing friendship within a captain-friend dyad, namely positive performance-related behaviours, a fear of exploitation and member isolation. This study’s findings create a strong foundation for future literature to expand upon, with a greater emphasis on understanding how friendships impact opposite sex leader-friend dyads.

Publication Type: Theses (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Exercise Physiology
Student Research > Undergraduate
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 15:59
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2020 15:59

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