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Team Identification Reduces Social Loafing and Promotes Social Laboring in Cycling

Høigaard, R., Boen, F., De Cuyper, B. and Peters, D.M. (2013) Team Identification Reduces Social Loafing and Promotes Social Laboring in Cycling. International Journal of Applied Sports Sciences, 25 (1). pp. 33-40. ISSN 2233-7946 (Online) 1598-2939 (Print)

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The purpose was to examine if heightened team identification reduced social loafing and promoted social laboring in 1 and 3 minute cycling time-trials with participants alone and then in either salient or non-salient teams. Salient teams were created using 30 minutes of team building activities prior to their team time trials. Social loafing occurred in both team trials in the non-salient teams (P < .05). In the salient teams, social loafing was eliminated in the 1 minute team trial and social laboring was apparent in the 3 minute team trial (P < .05). Heightened team identification therefore reduced social loafing and significantly enhanced team performance.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: group dynamics, social identity, team sport, effort, salience
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 13:53
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2015 12:01

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