The Buffering Effect of Friendship Quality on the Relation between Perceived Athletic Discrepancies and Self-Esteem in Female College Athletes (pp. 83-99)
Authors: Jill E. Gatzke, Carolyn McNamara Barry, Alison A. Papadakis, and Rachel L. Grover
Abstract: Athletics play a central role in girls' emerging self-development (Harter, 2012) and friendship formation opportunities. For female athletes who play their sports at the highest university competitive level, perceived athletic performance may have important implications for their development. We hypothesized that athletes with larger discrepancies between athletic importance and competence would report lower levels of self-esteem and that friendship quality would moderate this relation. Among 75 Division I, female college student athletes, friendship quality predicted self-esteem, and women with lower friendship quality had a stronger relation between athletic discrepancy and self-esteem than did those with higher friendship quality. Implications for coaches and student athletes are discussed.