Journal article

Athlete Experiences of Shame and Guilt: Initial Psychometric Properties of the Athletic Perceptions of Performance Scale Within Junior Elite Cricketers

Simon M Rice, Matt S Treeby, Lisa Olive, Anna E Saw, Alex Kountouris, Michael Lloyd, Greg Macleod, John W Orchard, Peter Clarke, Kate Gwyther, Rosemary Purcell

Frontiers in Psychology | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2021


Guilt and shame are self-conscious emotions with implications for mental health, social and occupational functioning, and the effectiveness of sports practice. To date, the assessment and role of athlete-specific guilt and shame has been under-researched. Reporting data from 174 junior elite cricketers (M = 17.34 years; females n = 85), the present study utilized exploratory factor analysis in validating the Athletic Perceptions of Performance Scale (APPS), assessing three distinct and statistically reliable factors: athletic shame-proneness, guilt-proneness, and no-concern. Conditional process analysis indicated that APPS shame-proneness mediated the relationship between general and athlete..

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