Positive Emotions in Recreational Sport Activities: The Role of Passion and Belongingness

Stenseng, Frode, Forest, Jacques and Curran, Thomas (2015) Positive Emotions in Recreational Sport Activities: The Role of Passion and Belongingness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16 (5). pp. 1117-1129. doi:10.1007/s10902-014-9547-y

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Athletes that are happy in their sport participate more often, and for longer. Therefore, understanding the processes that give rise to positive emotions in recreational sport is important. Grounded in the dualistic model of passion, the present study tested a structural model in which harmonious and obsessive passion predict positive emotions in recreational sport through the mediating influence of belongingness. It was hypothesized that harmonious passion would positively predict positive emotions via higher belongingness. By contrast, we expected that obsessive passion would negatively predict positive emotions via lower belongingness. A multi-section questionnaire containing the study variables was administered to 402 adult recreational sports participants. Structural equation modeling revealed that harmonious passion positively predicted belongingness that, in turn, positively predicted positive emotions. Obsessive passion and belongingness shared no relationship and hence belongingness did not mediate the obsessive passion-positive emotion link. These findings suggest that social influences within recreational sport should be particularly cognizant of emphasizing harmonious tendencies. This is because athletes with harmonious passion are more likely to feel socially-connected in sport and, therefore, exhibit higher levels of positive emotions

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-014-9547-y
Uncontrolled Keywords: Harmonious and obsessive passion, The need-to-belong theory, Psychological needs, Activity engagement, Well-being
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 11:58
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3815

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