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Affective responses to success and failure: a study of winning and losing in competitive rugby


Wilson, GV and Kerr, JH, Affective responses to success and failure: a study of winning and losing in competitive rugby, Personality and Individual Differences, 27, (1) pp. 85-99. ISSN 0191-8869 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0191-8869(98)00226-8


Affective responses to success and failure in a competitive sport setting were investigated using a reversal theory framework in a replication and extension of a previous study . Effects of game outcome on psychological mood states in rugby. cf11>Personality and Individual Differences, 19, 407-410.]. Participants were top-level Dutch male rugby players. Mood measures were administered pre- and postgame at four games: 2 games were won, 2 were lost. A mixed between and within subjects design was used for data analysis, in which game outcome (win or loss) was the between subjects factor, and the within subjects factor was time of testing (pre- vs. postgame). Numerous statistically significant results concerning the emotional states experienced prior to competitive sport and in response to winning and losing were obtained. Winning produced a range of pleasant emotional outcomes and reductions in arousal and stress: losing produced strong unpleasant emotional changes, a reduction in arousal but no reduction in stress.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Wilson, GV (Dr George Wilson)
ID Code:17625
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:75
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-05-13

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