Gratitude Enhances Change in Athletes' Self-Esteem: The Moderating Role of Trust in Coach

Lung Hung Chen, Chia Huei Wu

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Abstract

Self-esteem is a positive evaluation of oneself that can facilitate optimal functioning. However, little research has focused on its antecedents in sport. Accordingly, we adopted an interactionism perspective and proposed that gratitude, a dispositional factor, will enhance an athlete's self-esteem and affective trust in coach, a situational factor, will strengthen such a positive effect. Athletes completed measures of gratitude, affective trust in coach, and self-esteem at Time 1 and self-esteem at Time 2 after 6 months. Results showed that athletes with higher levels of gratitude increased their self-esteem over time when they had higher affective trust in their coaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-362
Number of pages14
JournalJOURNAL OF APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

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