The impact of achievement goals on cheating in high school sport

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Irsa Batool Kazmi, Yasmeen Iqbal, Fozia Tabassum, Muhammad Ijaz, Muhammad Sajid, Zaira Batool


The current research is conducted to investigate the impact of achievement goals on cheating in high school sport to highlight the factors that persuade the young players towards cheating at various levels when competing in sports as strategy to win the game. The objectives of the study are to identify the ego and task-oriented players and to measure the impact of ego and task orientation on cheating at high school level. Achievement Goal Theory also supports this phenomenon.

Cross-sectional and experimental study designs including deductive approach has been used in this study to test the existing theory. Data was collected from 220 female football player who were 14 to 17 years old. To assess goal orientation (ego orientation and task orientation) in participant and cheating in participants survey methodology has been used and data was collected through adopted questionnaire. Experimental method is used to collect the data in order to analyze that what role is played by goal orientation in the young players while playing any sports, and do they easily get inclined towards cheating in order to win. Cheating in competitive scenario is also measured to analyze acceptance of cheating in players and link between goal-orientation and cheating. Cheating is measured both theoretically and experimentally.

The study concludes that the players (students of teenage) who have behavioral issues like egoism, antisocial attitudes, and winning-at-any-cost mindset persuade them more to follow cheating strategy in order to win the game.

Findings of the research  suggested that interventions aimed to promote skill, hard work, team play, would be cause of fair play in sport could focus on influencing the goals of the players.

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