Sanja Bunford, Isidora Milošević

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In sport psychology, coping with challenges is critical to the success and well-being of athletes. Self-efficacy, as one of the most important features of successful athletes, plays a significant role in designing their training and development programmes. The goal of this exploratory research was to examine and determine whether and how coping strategies for stressful situations can be used as predictors of the psychological factor of self-efficacy in adolescent athletes. The total sample of participants in this study consists of 167 adolescent athletes, that is, 90 boys and 77 girls. Variables in the research were operationalised using appropriate instruments. Statistical techniques for data processing used in this research were the Pearson correlation coefficient and multiple regression. The most important findings of the study include a statistically significant model that can explain 28.6% of the variance for the criterion in the sample of respondents. Task- and emotion-oriented coping mechanisms were identified as statistically significant predictors. Self-efficacy was higher in athletes with higher task orientation, and lower in those with emotion orientation.


young athletes, performance, anticipating self-efficacy, coping skills

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