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date: 20 March 2023


The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Michael Kent

1 A relatively stable characteristic that predisposes an individual to certain behaviours. Attitudes, unlike personality traits, are not general dispositions, but rather are directed towards specific objects, people, events, or ideas. In addition to behavioural components, attitudes have cognitive and affective components. Thus, they may include beliefs, such as agreeing with the proposition that jogging is good for health, and they may involve having negative or positive feelings, such as liking or disliking a person. A coach may have a great influence on the attitudes of an athlete. A particular attitude may be acquired by direct instruction, classical conditioning, and modelling. However, once an attitude is established, it maybe very difficult to change. Attitudes can be measured by using an attitude scale. ... ...

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