Antecedents and consequences of prosocial and antisocial behaviour in sport

Activity: Academic and Industrial eventsGuest lecture or Invited talk


Sport is a context where social interaction is inevitable. Athletes come in contact with both their teammates and opponents when they take part in sport. During these interactions, they could engage in positive social behaviours, for example helping an opponent off the floor, supporting or encouraging a teammate, and giving positive feedback to a teammate. They could also engage in negative social acts, for example, trying to injure an opponent, shouting at a teammate, and faking an injury. We have studied these behaviours using observational, self-report, and experimental methods. In this presentation, I will discuss some of our research that has examined antecedents of prosocial and antisocial behaviours in sport, as well as consequences of these behaviours for the recipient. Our research shows that motivational variables such as achievement goals and motivational climate, and moral variables such as moral identity, empathy, and moral disengagement are consistently associated with these behaviours across several age groups and sports. With respect to consequences, we have examined the link between teammate behaviours and several cognitive, affective and behavioural variables. Our studies show that how one acts toward his or her teammates during a match, could influence the quality of the sport experience. Our findings have implications for the way sport programmes are structured and clearly suggest that we should encourage prosocial and discourage antisocial behaviour in sport.
Period26 Oct 2016
Held atUniversity of Rome La Sapienza, Italy