Psychological Skills Do Not Always Help Performance: The Moderating Role of Narcissism

Roberts, R. and Woodman, T. and Hardy, L. and Davis, L. and Wallace, H.M. (2012) Psychological Skills Do Not Always Help Performance: The Moderating Role of Narcissism. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 ((3)). pp. 316-325. DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2012.731472

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Psychological skills are typically viewed as beneficial to performance in competition. Conversely, narcissists appear to thrive in competitive environments so should not need psychological skills to the same degree as less narcissistic individuals. To investigate this moderating hypothesis high-standard ice-skaters completed measures of narcissism, psychological skills, and anxiety before performing their competition routine during training. A week later, participants performed the same routine in competition. Performance was operationalized as the difference between competition and training scores. Moderated regression analyses revealed that narcissism moderated the relationship between psychological skills and performance. Psychological skill effectiveness depends on an individual's degree of narcissism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:43
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2016 03:28
ISSN: 1041-3200
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/889
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2012.731472
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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