Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología
Print version ISSN 0120-0534
CECCHINI-ESTRADA, JOSÉ A.; GONZALEZ-GONZALEZ DE MESA, CARMEN and MONTERO-MENDEZ, JAVIER. SPORTS PARTICIPATION, GOAL ORIENTATION, AND MORAL FUNCTIONING. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.40, n.3, pp. 497-509. ISSN 0120-0534.
ABSTRACT This study examined whether participation in sports of mid contact (football and basketball), has an influence on moral behavior in sports, and whether these effects are influenced by ego orientation. The participants were high level university sports players and professional players (N=225). They filled questionnaires valuing the participation in sports, goal orientations, and moral behavior. Te results indicated that the participation in mid contact sports predicted ego orientation, which in turn predicted low standards of moral behavior. The direct effects of sport participation on moral behavior did not point out to be significant regarding ego orientation, indicating that the last construct mediates the relationship between the two variables. The orientation to the task was not significantly related to moral behavior. These discoveries help us to understand better the processes that operate in sports of mid contact. Finally, their implications are debated to eliminate anti sporting conducts.
Keywords : Sports; moral development; ego development.