Tackling the relationship between self-efficacy and performance in rugby
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
Some consider self-efficacy to be the most important psychological construct contributing to sporting performance. To test five hypotheses regarding the nature of relationships between performance and self-efficacy, and assess any changes in these relationships over the course of a season, 26 professional rugby players filled out self-efficacy surveys before and after each game they played throughout a competition. In contrast to the hypotheses, no relationship was found between self-efficacy and performance, and performance was not found to mediate the relationship between self-efficacy before a game and self-efficacy following a game. Additionally, there was not found to be any change in the self-efficacy-performance relationship over the course of the rugby competition. The implications of the lack of findings are discussed within the context of the strengths and limitations of the study, and the wider understanding of self-efficacy and performance.