Comparison of Sport self-confidence and the Priorities of its Sources in Beginner and Skilled Female Volleyball Players

Ashraf Seyed Hosseini, Mohammadreza Esmaeilzadeh Ghandahari, Ahdieh Yadollahzadeh


The aim of this research is comparing sport self-confidence and its sources in the beginner and skilled female volleyball players. Research is descriptive, and casual-comparative. The statistical population consists of all beginner and skilled female volleyball players of Khorasan Razavi. The size of estimated sample was 628 players. To gather data, Sport Confidence Inventory (SCI) and Sport Self-confidence Sources Questionnaire were used. Data was analyzed through independent student t-test and Friedman test .Results proved that there was a significant difference between beginner and skilled female volleyball players in their sport self-confidence and sport self-confidence sources (cognitive social efficiency, physical and exercise skills, flexibility). The significance level was p<0.05. There was also a significant difference among the priorities of sources, and self-confidence of beginner and skilled athletes. The order of priority of self-confidence sources in beginner athletes respectively includes (physical/mental readiness, skill dominance, and social support, leadership behavior of coach, ability presentation, physical self-assertion, ambient comfort, alternative experiences and desired condition). The order of priority in skilled players is skill dominance, the coach’s leadership behavior, ability presentation, social support, physical self-assertion, ambient comfort, physical/mental readiness, desired condition, and alternative experiences.

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