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The relationship between personality and performance of Canadian women intercollegiate basketball players Thomas, Gregory Charles

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to determine if personality characteristics related to successful participants in Canadian women's intercollegiate basketball could be identified. It was hypothesized that a personality profile for female basketball players could be identified. It was also hypothesized that differences in personality profiles existed between sub-groups related to successful performance: regular versus substitute players and members of winning teams versus members of losing teams. The Athletic Motivation Inventory and the Cattell Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire were administered, during a single sitting, to fifty-six female basketball players participating in the Canada West University Athletic Association. F-ratios for the multivariate test of equality of mean vectors were computed between the sub-group personality profiles. Univariate analyses of variance between individual personality traits were also computed. The results did not identify a specific female basketball personality profile. Therefore no statistical support was given to the premise that there is an identifiable relationship between personality and participation among Canadian women intercollegiate basketball players. In addition the results did not identify a specific personality profile possessed by the more successful athletes. Therefore no support was given to the premise that there is an identifiable relationship between personality and successful performance. In conclusion the AMI was not found to be more sensitive than the 16PF in the psychometric assessment of athletes.

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