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Title: United we stand, divided we fall? Group dynamics in interactive groups
Other Titles: “Yes, we can!”: Collective efficacy and athlete leadership in sports teams
Authors: Fransen, Katrien
Vanbeselaere, Norbert
Exadaktylos, Vasileios
Vande Broek, Gert
De Cuyper, Bert
Berckmans, Daniel
Ceux, Tanja
De Backer, Maarten
Boen, Filip #
Issue Date: 10-May-2012
Conference: Annual meeting of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences (BAPS) & Sociedad Española de Psicologiá Experimental (SEPEX) location:Université de Liège date:10 May 2012
Abstract: Collective efficacy can be defined as a group’s shared confidence that they will successfully achieve their goal. We examined which behaviors and events are perceived as sources of collective efficacy beliefs in a volleyball context. In Study 1, volleyball coaches from the highest volleyball leagues (n=33) in Belgium indicated the most important sources of collective efficacy. This list was then adapted based on literature and on feedback given by an expert focus group, resulting in a 40-item questionnaire. In Study 2, coaches and players from all levels of volleyball in Belgium (n=2,365) rated each of these sources on their predictive value for collective efficacy. The expression of efficacy by the athlete leaders on the field was rated by the coaches as most predictive for players’ positive efficacy beliefs. Therefore, in Study 3, we focused on these athlete leaders. More specifically, we explored the different leadership roles occupied by these athlete leaders, and their most important qualities. Furthermore, we examined the impact of these leaders in affecting the efficacy beliefs of their team mates. In addition, we explored the role of team identification. These findings offer a starting point for the design of a continuous measurement of collective efficacy through observation.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Social and Cultural Psychology
Division M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (-)
Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
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