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DIEZ FLOREZ, Gloria Mª; REQUENA HERNANDEZ, Mª del Carmen  and  ZUBIAUR GONZALEZ, Marta. Influence of Contextual Factors in High Performance Sport in Socio-Affective Bonds Among Female Basketball Players. CPD [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.1, pp.93-102. ISSN 1989-5879.

High-performance team sport is characterized for constraints on time horizons, the intensity of physical and social contact, and an early onset age. The aim of this study is to test the influence of these variables in the construction of socio-affective bonds in the familial and sport environments of female professional players. The sample consists of 64 professional players  aged between 18 and 35. The instrument collects demographic characteristics, professional background and socio-affective bonding information within and outside the sports environment. The statistical analysis used are both descriptive and Chi-square (χ2). The results highlight the inclusion of familial and sport figures in their attachment network. Peer relations are conditioned by age, training and the number of titles won.  Romantic relationships are secondary to familial and peer relationships. We conclude that a high-performance sports environment influences the construction of socio-affective bonding among professional women basketball players.

Keywords : women´s basketball; performance; attachment; friendship; romantic relationships.

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