Metamotivational state reversals during matchplay golf: An idiographic approach

Joanne Thatcher, Natalie Walker

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    Using a case study approach, this study examined reversals in metamotivational state during golf competition. Five male golfers competed in a round robin tournament. Following each match, golfers were individually interviewed using a modified Metamotivational State Coding Schedule. Content analysis techniques were used to identify metamotivational states, reversals in metamotivational state, and the factors affecting them. Individual differences in metamotivational state profiles were evident; for instance, the tournament winner demonstrated the most consistent profile across matches. Overall, however, players' profiles demonstrated more similarities than differences. Most frequently cited metamotivational states were paratelic and telic conformity, and reversals were attributable to contingent event, satiation, and frustration factors. These results support reversal theory proposals and its use as a framework for understanding psychological processes during competitive sport.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)200-217
    Number of pages18
    JournalSport Psychologist
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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