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The ARSQ: The Athletes' Received Support Questionnaire

Freeman, Paul and Coffee, Pete and Moll, Tjerk and Rees, Tim and Sammy, Nadine (2014) 'The ARSQ: The Athletes' Received Support Questionnaire.' Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 36 (2). 189 - 202. ISSN 0895-2779

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To address calls for context-specific measurement of social support, this article reports the development of the Athletes? Received Support Questionnaire (ARSQ) and demonstrates initial evidence for its validity. Across four studies there was support for a four-dimensional structure reflecting emotional, esteem, informational, and tangible received support. There was also support for unidimensional and higher-order models. Further, Study 3 provided some support for convergent validity, with significant correlations between the corresponding dimensions of the ARSQ and the Inventory of Socially Supportive Behaviors. Study 4 provided evidence for the nomological validity of the ARSQ. Emotional and esteem support significantly predicted self-confidence and positive affect, and tangible support significantly moderated the relationship between stress and negative affect. Collectively, these results provide initial evidence for the validity of the ARSQ, and offer researchers flexibility to adopt either a multidimensional or aggregated approach to measuring received support.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: partial least squares structural equation modeling, social support, sport psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2015 15:25
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 11:15

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