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Psychological Processes Connecting Team Identification and Social Well-Being for Middle Aged and Older Adults: Moderated Mediation of Subjective and Objective On-Field Performance.

Inoue, Y., Lock, D., Sato, M. and Funk, D., 2021. Psychological Processes Connecting Team Identification and Social Well-Being for Middle Aged and Older Adults: Moderated Mediation of Subjective and Objective On-Field Performance. Sport Management Review. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1080/14413523.2021.1917246

Abstract

To cultivate the potential of sport spectatorship to enhance social well-being, a greater understanding of underlying psychological processes is essential. Using the social identity approach as a theoretical framework, we investigate how identification with a sport team interacts with subjective and objective measures of on-field team performance to affect social well-being. Data from 790 U.S. middle-aged and older adults were analysed through a path model combining mediation and moderation. The results indicate that the relationship between team identification and social life satisfaction—a measure of social well-being—is fully mediated by subjective perceptions of a favourite team’s on-field performance. In addition, this mediating effect increases as objective on-field performance decreases. These findings reveal that team identification drives spectators to subjectively judge their favourite team’s performance, which serves as a coping strategy to enhance their social well-being when the team is performing poorly. Our evidence implies that sport organisations with middling to poor performance records may leverage social and community events to promote consumer social well-being.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1441-3523
Additional Information:Funding details. This work was supported by a grant from the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University, , 1810 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
Uncontrolled Keywords:social life satisfaction; fandom; social identity; health and well-being; sporting success
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:35380
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:13 Apr 2021 09:08
Last Modified:07 Jul 2021 11:24

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