Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

COGNITIVE APPRAISALS, EMOTIONS AND COPING: A STUDY OF PORTUGUESE FOOTBALLERS

Abstract

Rui Ribeiro, Cláudia Dias, José Fernando Cruz, Nuno Corte-Real, e António Fonseca

This study aimed to analyze the patterns and associations of coping strategies, cognitive appraisals, anxiety and other emotions of soccer players. The subjects were 14 athletes, aged between 17 and 19 years (M=18.35±0.71). We used the instruments: Cognitive Assessment Scale Competition - Threat and Challenge; Inventory Emotions in Sport V-2, Sport Anxiety Scale, Revised Anxiety Rating Scale – 2, and Brief COPE. Results showed the most common coping strategy, active coping, and the less frequent, substance use. The sports competition was appraised more in terms of challenge than threat, hope was the emotion more experienced and shame the emotion less experienced

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