Interdependence and Social Identity in Youth Sport Teams

Mark W. Bruner, Mark Eys, M. Blair Evans, Kathleen Wilson

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The degree to which team members believe that they rely on one another to perform successfully and achieve collective outcomes may relate to perceptions about the extent that they integrate the group within their own identity. This study examined the relationship between interdependence and social identity among 422 high school team sport athletes. Youth completed measures of task and outcome interdependence, as well as social identity. Multilevel analyses revealed that higher perceptions of outcome interdependence at an individual and team level predicted greater social identity. Results highlight the role of outcome interdependence on athletes’ perceptions of social identity in sport teams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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