Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

PERCEPÇÃO DE COMPETÊNCIA FÍSICA NO FUTEBOL FEMININO E MASCULINO: UM ESTUDO COM JOVENS ATLETAS E SEUS PAIS

Abstract

Ana Mateus, Cláudia Dias, Nuno Corte-Real, Júlio Garganta e António Manuel Fonseca

The present investigation aimed to examine young soccer players’ self-perceptions of physical competence, as well as their parents’ perceptions of their physical competence. One-hundred and nineteen soccer players of both sexes (37% females), aged between 13-17 years old and 213 parents (49% mothers), aged between 29-69 years old, participated in this study. Athletes’ self-perceptions and parents’ perceptions were measured by a questionnaire based on an adaptation of previously used instruments on athlete’s self-perceptions and parents’ perceptions of their child's physical competence by Fredricks and Eccles (2005). The results showed that boys had higher perceptions of their competence in soccer. Furthermore, significant positive correlations were found between boy’s self-perceptions and age. Additionally, although both parents’ perceptions’ of their child’s competence were overall elevated, parents of girls expressed more favorable opinions regarding their child’s competence than did parents of boys. Finally, parents’ perceptions of their child’s competence in soccer were higher than athletes’ selfperceptions.

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