Posted 10/29/2019 in Category 1 by Life-in-Sport

Understanding feedback and relationships

Understanding feedback and relationships

A source of competence information for young athletes during early childhood is evaluative feedback from significant adults. Young children are not yet able to accurately self-evaluate their ability, so they take adult feedback at face value, which is most often enthusiastically positive. 

These sources of information lead to an over inflated view of sport ability at this stage.  During middle-to-late childhood, young people integrate more sources of information, peers and coaches become important while parents become less important sources of feedback.  

By the end of late childhood, children can compare feedback from significant adults to other sources of information, including peer comparison, performance outcome, and skill improvement. 

The ability to integrate multiple social and self-evaluative sources of competence information leads to fairly accurate perceptions of ability during adolescence and is associated with higher levels of perceived and actual competence.


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