Measuring coaching efficacy: a theoretical review

Andréa Duarte Pesca, Daniela Scharmm Szeneszi, Paola Barros Delben, Cyntia Nunes, Fabrício Raupp, Roberto Moraes Cruz


The definition of the coaching efficacy construct has recently been incorporated in sports literature and was based on the social cognitive approach more specifically, on the self-efficacy construct. The coaching efficacy phenomenon refers to the confidence development in coaches and their capacities to influence the learning and performance of their athletes. Coaching efficacy is an important variable within a range of personal characteristics that involves coaches' behaviors. The purpose of this paper was investigating the contributions of studies about the measurement of coaching efficacy in sport psychology and its methodological derivations. The methodology used in this paper was the bibliographic research, and to achieve the goal a integrative review was hold. The results of the review indicate that the coaching efficacy construct is directly associated with and integrated into the self-efficacy phenomenon and with the coach's training. Considering the data collected in this review, there is only one coaching efficacy measurement in the world, which has been developed in the United States it has currently been adapted and validated to some countries, including Brazil. Most of the studies about this topic are related to other phenomena, such as leadership styles and organizational behavior.


Coaching efficacy; Measurement; Coach training

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