Broken Promises

The Effect of Psychological Contract Violation on Student-Athlete Trust and Intentions to Leave Their Team

Authors

  • Christopher R. Barnhill Georgia Southern University
  • Brian A. Turner The Ohio State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.6.2.179

Keywords:

student-athletes, psychological contract, trust, intentions to leave, coaches

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact that increased perceptions psychological contract breach between student-athletes and their coaches have on student-athletes’ affective trust in their coaches, cognitive trust in their coaches, and intentions to leave their team. Based on a sample of 248 NCAA Division I and Division II student-athletes, the results reveal that increased perceptions of psychological contract breach significantly lower student-athletes’ cognitive trust in their coaches and significantly increases their intentions to leave their team. Higher levels of psychological contract violation acted as a partial mediator on the relationship between psychological contract breach and cognitive trust. Psychological contract violation also acted as a partial mediator on the relationship between psychological breach and intentions to leave. Neither perceptions of psychological contract breach nor psychological contract violation were significantly related to affective trust.

Author Biographies

Christopher R. Barnhill, Georgia Southern University

Barnhill is with the Dept. of Health and Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. Turner is with the Dept. of Sport Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Brian A. Turner, The Ohio State University

Barnhill is with the Dept. of Health and Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. Turner is with the Dept. of Sport Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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Published

2013-12-01

How to Cite

Barnhill, C. R., & Turner, B. A. (2013). Broken Promises: The Effect of Psychological Contract Violation on Student-Athlete Trust and Intentions to Leave Their Team. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 6(2), 179–195. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.6.2.179