Leaders promote attendance in sport and exercise sessions by fostering social identity

Authors: Stevens, M., Rees, T., Coffee, P., Steffens, N., Haslam, S.A. and Polman, R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30698/

Journal: Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISSN: 0905-7188

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Authors: Stevens, M., Rees, T., Coffee, P., Haslam, S.A., Steffens, N.K. and Polman, R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30698/

Journal: Scand J Med Sci Sports

Volume: 28

Issue: 9

Pages: 2100-2108

eISSN: 1600-0838

DOI: 10.1111/sms.13217

Sport and exercise participation exert a positive effect on numerous aspects of individuals' health. Although sport and exercise leaders have generally been observed to play a key role in shaping group members' behavior, our understanding of their impact on group members' attendance in sport and exercise sessions is limited. To address this, and building on promising findings in other domains, we examined the associations between perceptions of sport and exercise leaders' engagement in social identity leadership, group identification, and attendance. A sample of 583 participants from sports teams (n = 307) and exercise groups (n = 276) completed questionnaires measuring identity leadership, group identification, and attendance. Analyses demonstrated that perceptions of leader engagement in social identity leadership were positively associated with members' group identification, and that this in turn was positively associated with their attendance in either a sports group or an exercise group. Moreover, there was a significant indirect effect for perceptions of leader engagement in identity leadership on group members' attendance through their greater identification with these groups. Findings highlight the importance of considering the impact sport and exercise leaders have on group members' attendance and suggest that leaders who represent, advance, create, and embed a shared sense of identity (ie, a shared sense of "us") among attendees can promote participation in sport and exercise.

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Authors: Stevens, M., Rees, T., Coffee, P., Haslam, S.A., Steffens, N.K. and Polman, R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30698/

Journal: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports

Volume: 28

Issue: 9

Pages: 2100-2108

eISSN: 1600-0838

ISSN: 0905-7188

DOI: 10.1111/sms.13217

© 2018 The Authors. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science In Sports Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd Sport and exercise participation exert a positive effect on numerous aspects of individuals' health. Although sport and exercise leaders have generally been observed to play a key role in shaping group members' behavior, our understanding of their impact on group members' attendance in sport and exercise sessions is limited. To address this, and building on promising findings in other domains, we examined the associations between perceptions of sport and exercise leaders' engagement in social identity leadership, group identification, and attendance. A sample of 583 participants from sports teams (n = 307) and exercise groups (n = 276) completed questionnaires measuring identity leadership, group identification, and attendance. Analyses demonstrated that perceptions of leader engagement in social identity leadership were positively associated with members' group identification, and that this in turn was positively associated with their attendance in either a sports group or an exercise group. Moreover, there was a significant indirect effect for perceptions of leader engagement in identity leadership on group members' attendance through their greater identification with these groups. Findings highlight the importance of considering the impact sport and exercise leaders have on group members' attendance and suggest that leaders who represent, advance, create, and embed a shared sense of identity (ie, a shared sense of “us”) among attendees can promote participation in sport and exercise.

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Authors: Stevens, M., Rees, T., Coffee, P., Haslam, S.A., Steffens, N.K. and Polman, R.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30698/

Journal: SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS

Volume: 28

Issue: 9

Pages: 2100-2108

eISSN: 1600-0838

ISSN: 0905-7188

DOI: 10.1111/sms.13217

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