Title

An Exploration of the Possible Relationship Between the Leadership Behavior of Coaches and the Measured Level of Sports Emotion Among Table Tennis Athletes in Taiwan

Date of Degree

8-2003

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Richard L. Henderson

Advisor

William Carleton

Advisor

Dorothy Ettling

Advisor

Jessica C. Kimmel

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the possible relationship between leadership behaviors found in coaches and levels of emotion found among team members. The sample, drawn from universities in Taiwan, was composed o f 31 coaches of table tennis teams and 289 table tennis team members. The leadership behavior demonstrated by coaches was measured through responses on the Leadership Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ). Levels of emotion perceived by team members were measured through responses on the Sport Emotion Test (SET). There were significant relationships between each athlete’s reported levels of intensity, concentration and physical readiness, and the perceived leadership behavior of coaches in the areas of consideration and initiating structure at each stage of competition. The results support the notion that there is a relationship between the two concepts.

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