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SILVA, Marcílio Ângelo e. Attachment Styles as Predictors of Motivational States in High-Performance Sport Activities: A Theoretical Exploration. Psicol. pesq. [online]. 2012, vol.6, n.2, pp.160-170. ISSN 1982-1247.

This theoretical article explores the domain of sport psychology domain regarding a possible new approach to the prediction of motivational states from the perspective of the attachment theory. Initially, it reviews such theory from the first contributions of its precursor, John Bowlby, to contemporary scholarship in different countries, as well as their distinct perspectives. It also offers a brief discussion of psychological topics related to motivation and to factors that can influence it, such as emotion and personality. It concludes by suggesting a possible promising way of anticipating motivational states of high performance athletes, such as motivation for failure or success, even before they participate in competitions. Finally, it presents the identification of attachment styles as a promising path for identifying and predicting the behavior of athletes before, during and after a competition.

Keywords : Motivational states; attachment theory; sports psychology.

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