Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation


Physical Education

First Advisor

Eva Monsma


The quality of relationship in the coach-athlete dyad (CAD) is critical for success and well-being. Unlike previous research, this study was the first to consider the largest sample of interdependent dyads to assess the coach-athlete dyad among American collegiate coaches and athletes where elite sport plays an important role in American culture and economics. Capturing the degree of congruence between coaches and their athletes in terms of the quality of the coach-athlete dyad (CAD), autonomy supportive climates (ASC), and basic psychological needs (BPN) is unique in the sport dyadic literature. This study examined components of the Integrated Research Model (IRM) as a way to better understand the extent to which coach-athlete interdependent perceptions influence psychological needs and perceptions of autonomy support environments. Participants were 124 interdependent CADs from a variety of individual and team sports who completed the Coach-Athlete Relationship Questionnaire, the Basic Satisfaction Needs in Relationship Scale, and the Sport Climate Questionnaire. Paired sample t-test indicated coaches reported higher perceptions of closeness, commitment, complementarity, and relatedness but lower need for autonomy than their athletes (p


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