International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences Vol. 12(1), pp. 255 - 265
DOI: 10.13189/saj.2024.120127
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Sports Competition Anxiety and Socioeconomic Status: A Cross-Sectional Study of Women Weight Lifters


Jisha Abraham , Vinod Kumar G. , Vinu W. *
Department of Physical Education and Sports, Pondicherry University, India

ABSTRACT

The advancement in sports and games has led researchers to focus on their studies on excellence in sports performance. Numerous factors can influence the performance of athletes in sports. It is well-established that psychological and sociodemographic variables are nowadays the most critical. Purpose: The purpose of the study is: (i) to investigate the difference between socioeconomic status and sports competition anxiety of achievers and non-achievers; (ii) to analyse the influence of socioeconomic status (SES) and age on predicting sports competition anxiety (SCA); (iii) to assess the relationship between age, SES, and SCA on All-India female weightlifters. The study participants comprised 102 female collegiate athletes (Mean age = 20.94 years, SD = 2.337), ages 18–27 years, who were achievers and non-achievers. Method: Sports competitive anxiety and socioeconomic status were assessed using the sport competitive anxiety and socioeconomic status questionnaires. An independent t-test tested the difference between achievers and non-achievers. Relationships between socioeconomic status, sports competitive anxiety, and age were analysed by the Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient. Result: The results showed a significant difference in competitive anxiety between achievers and non-achievers (p = .11). However, there was no difference in socioeconomic status between groups (p = .42). The correlation analyses showed no significant relationship between sports competition anxiety and socioeconomic status (r = .108, p = .011), age, and sports competition anxiety (r =.108, p =.530). Conclusion: The study concluded that a moderate level of anxiety helps to achieve peak performance and that there is no relationship among socioeconomic status, sports competition anxiety, and age. The research findings may help the athletes to undergo specific psychological training programs to reduce anxiety.

KEYWORDS
Socioeconomic Status, Sports Competition Anxiety, Age, Female Weightlifters

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Jisha Abraham , Vinod Kumar G. , Vinu W. , "Sports Competition Anxiety and Socioeconomic Status: A Cross-Sectional Study of Women Weight Lifters," International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 255 - 265, 2024. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2024.120127.

(b). APA Format:
Jisha Abraham , Vinod Kumar G. , Vinu W. (2024). Sports Competition Anxiety and Socioeconomic Status: A Cross-Sectional Study of Women Weight Lifters. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 12(1), 255 - 265. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2024.120127.