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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Gary N. Howells

Second Committee Member

Christopher R. Snell


This study hypothesized that college and university basketball coaches who endorse Type A beliefs, have a hostile attitudinal set, an internal attributional style, and express their anger outwardly, are at the greatest risk for cardiovascular disease. Seventy-one head coaches of men's basketball teams from NCAA Division I, II, and III schools completed measures of Type A beliefs, hostility, anger expression, and attributional style. Canonical correlation analyses were performed to assess the relative contribution of each of the psychological measures toward prediction of negative behavior and cardiovascular disease symptomology. A significant multivariate relationship was obtained between measures of Type A beliefs, hostility, stress, and attributional style and measures of negative feelings and actions during contests, but not for measures of health and symptoms of cardiovascular disease. For this sample of coaches, stress was identified as a significant contributor to their negative feelings and actions.



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