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Top-down or button-up? The reciprocal longitudinal relationship between athletes’ team satisfaction and life satisfaction.

Chen, Lung Hung and Wu, Chia-Huei and Lin, Shin-Huei and Ye, Yun-Ci (2018) 'Top-down or button-up? The reciprocal longitudinal relationship between athletes’ team satisfaction and life satisfaction.', Sport, exercise, and performance psychology., 7 (1). pp. 1-12.

Abstract

The present study aims to explore the relationship between athletes’ team satisfaction and their life satisfaction. Drawing on the top-down theory (i.e., overall satisfaction predicts domain satisfaction) and bottom-up theory (i.e., overall satisfaction is predicted by domain satisfaction) of subjective well-being, the authors propose that a reciprocal longitudinal relationship exists between athletes’ team satisfaction and their life satisfaction. A 3-wave longitudinal study is conducted with adolescent athletes from diverse sports. The results of latent difference score modeling support the hypothesis by showing a reciprocal longitudinal relationship between athletes’ team satisfaction and their life satisfaction, but the effect from athletes’ team satisfaction to life satisfaction is more consistent across waves. Implications, limitations, and future studies are discussed.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1037/spy0000086
Publisher statement:© 2018 APA, all rights reserved. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Date accepted:03 January 2017
Date deposited:16 July 2018
Date of first online publication:27 February 2017
Date first made open access:16 July 2018

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