The Relationship between Perceived Coaching Behaviours and Team Cohesion among Malaysian National Junior Athletes

By Aminuddin Yusof, Muraleedharan Vasuthevan and Parilah M. Shah.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Based on Carron’s (1982) model of cohesion, this study examined the relationship between perceived coaching behaviours and group cohesion in interacting sports teams among national junior athletes in Malaysia. The subjects, which were comprised of 150 athletes, were asked to respond to survey questions based on the Leadership Scale for Sports (LSS) and the Group Environment Questionnaire (GEQ). The results suggest a significant relationship between coaching behaviours and team cohesion. Coaches who were perceived as engaging in democratic behaviours, higher levels of training and instruction, social support and positive feedback, tend to have athletes with higher levels of task and social cohesion within their teams.

Keywords: Coaching Behaviours, Team Cohesion, Social Cohesion

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 584.804KB).

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof

Director, Sports Academy, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Yusof is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia. In 2004, he was appointed as the director of the university’s Sports Academy. Dr. Aminuddin Yusof received his tertiary education in the United States; his B.A. from Wilmington College, his M.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Aminuddin has been actively involved in research and professional services in the areas of Sports Management, Sports Industry and Sports Tourism. In addition to his publications in national and international sports science and physical education journals and others, he has made invited and keynote presentations at various professional meetings such as the Malaysian Association for Physical Education, Sports Science and Fitness (PPJSKM) and International Council for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ICHPER) conferences. He is actively involved in professional activities with Persatuan Pendidikan Jasmani, Sains Sukan, Kesihatan dan Kecergasan Malaysia (PPJSKM) as Journal Editor (2003-2004), Program Chair of Research Bureau (2002-2003) and Program Chair for Academic and Professional Education Bureau (1999-2001). His professional services include, but are not limited to, as a program evaluator for the National Accreditation Board (LAN), a member for National Committee on Sports Science Guidelines, and as External Examiner, Sports Science Graduate & Undergraduate Programs for several Malaysian universities.

Muraleedharan Vasuthevan

Teacher, Bukit Jalil Sports School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Parilah M. Shah

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Parilah M. Shah is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, USA. Her research interests are second language acquisition, teaching of English to speakers of other languages, teaching of English for specific purposes (ESP), reading in English as a second language (ESL), and bilingual-bicultural education. She has presented several papers at both the national and international levels and has several publications in areas related to second language acquisition and learning.

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