A processual analysis of basic emotions and sources of concerns as they are lived before and after a competition

Cerin, E and Barnett, A (2006) A processual analysis of basic emotions and sources of concerns as they are lived before and after a competition. Psychology of Sport And Exercise, 7 3: 287-307. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2005.07.002

Author Cerin, E
Barnett, A
Title A processual analysis of basic emotions and sources of concerns as they are lived before and after a competition
Journal name Psychology of Sport And Exercise   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-0292
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.psychsport.2005.07.002
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 287
End page 307
Total pages 21
Editor A. Taylor
D. Alfermann
S. Biddle
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Elsevier Sci Ltd
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321404 Sport and Exercise Psychology
750203 Organised sports
Abstract Objectives: To examine the natural flow of (a) pre- and post-competition temporal patterns of intensity, frequency and daily mean level (a Composite measure of frequency and intensity) of basic emotions and (b) frequency of reports of competition-related and competition-extraneous concerns across time. Method: The Experience Sampling Method (ESM) was used, which permits the monitoring of the spontaneous flow of daily affective and cognitive experiences in the athletes' habitual environment. Thirty-nine male elite martial artists were assessed on 12 basic emotions and concerns at five random times a day across 1 week before and 3 days after a competition. On the competition day, the participants were assessed 1 h before and immediately after the contest. Results: Different patterns of change were observed for intensity and frequency of emotions and frequency of competition-related and competition-extraneous concerns. Frequency of fear was the most reactive affective component to competition vicinity. Increased frequency of some outcome-contingent negative emotions persisted for three days post-competition. The presence of negative emotions was the lowest in the post-competition days. Conclusions: This study confirms that, for a better understanding of the process of competitive stress, monitoring of both intensity and frequency of a wide range of emotions is needed. This research area may also benefit from analysing possible psychological spill-over between sport, competition and other life domains. (C) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Primary Appraisal
Sport Sciences
Frequency Dimensions
State Anxiety
Q-Index Code C1

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