Achievement motivation in sport: Minority considerations for the coach

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This paper explores motivation for athletic achievement according to cultural group. The emphasis is on understanding that achievement behavior takes different forms among various cultures, social groups and in particular contexts. Women are defined as minority athletes. Examines the ethnocentric nature of present approaches to athletic achievement motivation, proposes a broader perspective of achievement in sport for cross-cultural and cross-situational analyses, and suggests implications for the coaching of minority athletes who bring distinct achievement orientations to sport. Concludes that it is crucial to realize that achievement behaviour may take different forms among cultures, various social groups, and between particular contexts. The goals which one attempts to achieve might vary considerably in reference to his/her group membership, the activity of pursuit, and the situation at hand.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-31
JournalJournal of Sport Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1981


  • coaching
  • minority-group
  • sport
  • socioeconomic factor
  • woman
  • achievement motivation


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