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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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NASCIMENTO JUNIOR, José Roberto Andrade do et al. Analysis of the relationship between state-anxiety and team cohesion among handball athletes. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.2, pp.89-102. ISSN 1516-3687.

This study investigated the state-anxiety and team cohesion among 62 handball athletes. data collection was conducted with the Group Environment Questionnaire and Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2. data analysis was conducted using the repeated measures of variance, t-test, Pearson correlation coefficient and simple regression. Results showed that while men's cohesion (task) increased during the competition, women's cohesion (social/task) decreased. The women's level of somatic anxiety reduced during the tournament. Somatic anxiety impacted significantly over women's integration for the group (social/task) and individual attraction (social) in the final game. For men, the self-confidence had an inverse effect over groups integration (task) and individual attraction (social/task) (p < 0,05). It was concluded that for women the increase of the anxiety physiological effects in decisive moments positively influences their perception of cohesion, and men use cohesion to control the self-confidence.

Keywords : anxiety; cohesion; sport; group; competition.

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