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Self-talk and emotions in tennis players during competitive matches

Fritsch, Julian; Jekauc, Darko; Elsborg, Peter; Latinjak, Alexander Tibor; Reichert, Markus; Hatzigeorgiadis, Antonis

Abstract (englisch):
A theory-driven classification recently introduced to sport psychology
distinguishes between goal-directed self-talk as a controlled type of
self-talk, and spontaneous self-talk as an uncontrolled type of selftalk.
Based on this classification, the aim of this study was to explore
the relationship between self-talk and emotions. To this end, twenty
competitive tennis matches were video-recorded. Shortly after the
match, the players were confronted with situations from the match
and asked to rate the intensity of their emotions experienced, the
intensity of their outward emotional reactions, and to report on their
self-talk. Multilevel fixed and random effect models showed that the
intensity of emotions experienced and outward emotional reactions
were lower in instances where players reported solely goal-directed
self-talk than in instances where players reported solely spontaneous
self-talk. Moreover, in the fixed model, the intensity of emotions
experienced was also lower in instances where players reported
goal-directed self-talk in conjunction with spontaneous self-talk,
compared to instances where players reported solely spontaneous
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1041-3200, 1533-1571
KITopen-ID: 1000124412
Erschienen in Journal of applied sport psychology
Seiten 1–21
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 29.09.2020
Nachgewiesen in Web of Science
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