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Trash Talk Behavior Amongst Collegiate Athletes

Title: Trash Talk Behavior Amongst Collegiate Athletes: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior.
Name(s): Kitchings, William, author
Tenenbaum, Gershon, professor directing thesis
Roehrig, Alysia D., committee member
Almond, Russell G., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (57 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Trash talk, a behavior mostly seen during athletic competitions, is defined as disparaging, taunting, or boastful comments especially between opponents to intimidate each other. To look at what determinants cause a behavior to be performed, the theory of planned behavior, was used. The aim of this study was to examine the predictive functionality of the theory of planned behavior for explaining trash talk intention among collegiate athletes. A sample of athletes (N = 102) was surveyed with a newly created questionnaire regarding attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, intentions and past behavior towards using trash talk with opponents. Results showed that all three TPB components significantly correlated with an athlete's intention to use trash talk. Additionally, all of the TPB components, as well as past behavior, were significant predictors of trash talk intentions. Though there was a reliability issue with one of the scales (Perceived Behavioral Control), this study provided insight on sources for the use of trash talk. Finally, implications for the future direction of research on this topic are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9374 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2015.
Date of Defense: March 27, 2015.
Keywords: Sports, Theory of Planned Behavior, Trash Talk
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Gershon Tenenbaum, Professor Directing Thesis; Alysia Roehrig, Committee Member; Russell Almond, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Cognitive psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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