Investigating the Relationship between Team Cohesion and Self-Presentation among Different Competitive Team Sports of Ethiopian Universities
One of the most constantly studied constructs in team dynamic research is cohesiveness, because it’s not only associated with group level outcomes such as performance but also with individuals outcomes. Self-presentation involves the selective presentation of particular characteristics of oneself that would make the desired impression on others. The main purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between self-presentation and team cohesion among different competitive team sports of Ethiopian Universities. It is the hypothesis that high cohesion would be associated with low self-presentational concerns. The sample consisted of 108 athletes (68 male, 40 female) from 11 different universities among 33, with the average of 20.94 ± 1.95 years of age, using random sampling technique. The data was obtained using Group Environmental Questionnaire (GEQ), Self-presentation in Sport Questionnaire (SPSQ) and the Sport Anxiety Scale (SAS) for team cohesion, self-presentation and competitive anxiety, respectively. The findings show that the task and social cohesion are negatively related to self-presentational concerns in sports, explaining 4% of variance, which means higher perceptions of cohesion, are associated with low self-presentational concerns.
Keywords: Team cohesion, Self-presentation, Competitive anxiety, Team sports, Ethiopia.
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