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When does dispositional gratitude help athletes move away from experiential avoidance? The moderating role of perceived autonomy support from coaches.

Hung Chen, Lung and Wu, Chia-Huei (2016) 'When does dispositional gratitude help athletes move away from experiential avoidance? The moderating role of perceived autonomy support from coaches.', Journal of applied sport psychology., 28 (3). pp. 338-349.

Abstract

Experiential avoidance, the attempt to avoid negative experiences, can prevent athletes from reaching their goals. To mitigate this tendency, the authors offer a relational approach and propose that dispositional gratitude and perceived autonomy support from coaches will have an interaction effect in mitigating experiential avoidance. Time-lagged data from 140 athletes were analyzed. Dispositional gratitude and perceived coach autonomy support had a significant interaction effect on predicting experiential avoidance when Time 1 experiential avoidance was controlled. Those high in dispositional gratitude and perceived coach autonomy support decreased their experiential avoidance over time. Implications and application for experiential avoidance and gratitude are discussed.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2016.1162221
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on 19 Apr 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10413200.2016.1162221.
Date accepted:08 February 2016
Date deposited:16 July 2018
Date of first online publication:19 April 2016
Date first made open access:16 July 2018

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