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Date of Award
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Science (MS)
Health and Human Development
Russell, Keith C. 1968-
In servant leadership (SL), a leader’s primary objective is to fulfill their followers’ needs. Sport-specific research has shown that coach SL is positively related to athletes’ motivation and athletic coping skills (e.g., Hammermeister et al., 2008), but it is unknown if athlete SL has similar relationships to these variables. The aim of this study was to examine how peer SL and basic psychological needs (BPN) related to intrinsic motivation and athletic coping skills and to determine if perceived SL varied between co-acting and interacting sports. Participants were 75 collegiate athletes. Multiple linear regressions indicated that SL and BPN accounted for variance in intrinsic motivation (31%) and athletic coping skills (19%). BPN satisfaction and the SL subscales of trust/inclusion and humility were significant predictors of intrinsic motivation; only BPN satisfaction predicted athletic coping skills. There were no differences in perceived SL reported by athletes from co-acting versus interacting sports.
microbial mat communities, biogeochemical cycling, targeted amplicon surveys
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Servant leadership; Intrinsic motivation; College sports; College athletes--Psychology
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Henninger, Claire Grace Marie, "An Exploration of How Peer Servant Leadership and Basic Psychological Needs Relate to the Intrinsic Motivation and Athletic Coping Skills of Intercollegiate Athletes" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1248.