[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: The current study tested three predictions generated from Wann's (2004) Team Identification - (Social) Psychological Health Model. Specifically, it was hypothesized that social well-being would be a) positively related to identification with a local sport team, b) not related to identification with a distant team, and c) not related to mere sport fandom. The current investigation expanded on previous research by assessing social well-being through participants' satisfaction with their social life (and their collective self-esteem) and by using regression analyses simultaneously examining the impact of the three predictor variables on social psychological health. Results from 155 university students confirmed expectations and substantiated Wann's model. Discussion includes suggestions for future research.
Article · Jan 2005 · North American Journal of Psychology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Previous research indicated a positive relation between identification with a local sport team and psychological well-being. The current study was done to extend this line of research by examining the relation between identification and optimism. However, contrary to the hypothesis, the two variables were not significantly correlated for these 137 undergraduates.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract]ABSTRACT: Because the reactions of sport fans are so often a function of their level of identification with and commitment to the team, the accurate measurement of identification/commitment (I/C) is of utmost importance to sport psychologists and marketers. Typically, two scales have been employed to assess I/C: the Sport Spectator Identification Scale (Wann & Branscombe, 1993) and the Psychological Commitment to Team Scale (Mahony, Madrigal, and Howard, 2000). The current study was designed to examine the relationship between these two inventories as well as their relationships with fan behaviors. The results indicated that the two measures were highly correlated and both scales predicted fan behaviors. Discussion includes the importance of developing a multidimensional measure of I/C. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Article · Jan 2003 · North American Journal of Psychology