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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

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RUIZ-SANCHEZ, V.; GOMEZ-LOPEZ, M.; GRANERO-GALLEGOS, A.  and  GONZALEZ-HERNANDEZ, J.. Relationship of motivational climate and fear of failure in high performance players in handball. CPD [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.3, pp.55-64. ISSN 1989-5879.

The aim of the study was to examine the motivational climate generated by the coach and the fear of failure in handball players, according to the sex and years of federated experience, as well as to evaluate the prediction of the motivational climate on fear of failure. For this, a non-experimental, descriptive and sectional design was used where the participants answered the Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire and the Performance Failure Appraisal Inventory as measurement instruments. The sample consisted in 479 players aged 16-17 years (M = 16.60; SD = .50), belonging to the different youth teams of Handball. The results reflected that the majority of handball players perceived above all a climate of mastery and that the main aversive causes of fear of failure was shame. Regarding gender analysis, this showed that men perceive, to a greater extent than women, a climate of competition and fear of failure, whereas women perceive above all a climate of mastery and less fear of failure than them. In addition, players with greater sport experience perceive above all a climate of competition and greater fear of failure. Finally, it is shown that a mastery climate predicts the fear of losing the interest of others, and a climate competition fear for shame and devaluation of oneself.

Keywords : coach; shame; mastery; avoidance behaviors.

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