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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

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MOLINA, José; CHOROT, Paloma; VALIENTE, Rosa M.  and  SANDIN, Bonifacio. Fear of negative evaluation, self-esteem and choking under pressure: effects on sport performance in adolescents. CPD [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.3, pp.57-66. ISSN 1989-5879.

The aim of the present study was to examine the fear of negative evaluation and self-esteem as moderators of choking in sport. One hundred high school students (56% were females) completed the Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation (BFNE) and the Self-Esteem Scale (SES) prior to completing a badminton set in low-pressure and high-pressure conditions. Data based on a series of ANOVAs supported the hypothesis that fear of negative evaluation acts as a moderator of the choking effect under psychological pressure. Participants with high fear of negative evaluation showed a significant drop on sport performance from low- to high-pressure phases. In general, high-self-esteem was associated to high levels of performance. The present study extends the choking literature, including the constructs of fear of negative evaluation and self-esteem as possible relevant variables implicated in the field of sport performance.

Keywords : Choking; fear of negative evaluation; self-esteem; sport; physical activity; adolescents.

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