Changes in athletic identity following team selection:self-protection versus self-enchancement

Bob Grove, M. Fish, R.C. Eklund

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    Self-protection and self-enhancement were investigated in a field study of female athletes whowere vying for selection in state all-star teams. Participants completed the Athletic IdentityMeasurement Scale (AIMS; Brewer, Van Raalte, & Linder, 1993) on three occasions, andchanges over time were compared for players who made the team and players who did not makethe team. Findings revealed similar AIMS scores in the two groups prior to selection, no changeover time for selected players, and a significant decrease over time for the players who werenot selected. These findings are consistent with predictions derived from self-categorizationtheory, and they suggest that self-protection processes may be related to short-term changes indomain-specific self-concept measures such as athletic identity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-81
    JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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