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Aesthetic salience and flow in young athletes: exploring the moderating role of personality, gender, and age

Coleman, MJ, Barber, BL and Donaghue, N 2018 , 'Aesthetic salience and flow in young athletes: exploring the moderating role of personality, gender, and age' , Australian Journal of Psychology, vol. 70, no. 4 , pp. 369-377 , doi:

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ObjectiveThis study investigated the relation between flow and aesthetic salience during sport, specifically whether heightened aesthetic salience interfered with flow for adolescent athletes. This study further tested whether neuroticism strengthened the relation between aesthetic salience and flow for boys and girls and whether this relation was stronger for year 9 or year 11 high school students.MethodData were from wave two of the Youth Activity Participation Study (YAPS) of Western Australia. The sample included 1,812 students (814 boys, 988 girls). The YAPS survey was administered using laptop computers or in pen and paper format.ResultsResults indicated a significant four‐way interaction between aesthetic salience, gender, neuroticism, and year level for experiences of flow. Probing of the four‐way interaction indicated that aesthetic salience was positively predictive of flow at lower levels of neuroticism, but negatively predictive of flow at higher levels of neuroticism, for year 11 girls. For boys, there was a conditional main effect such that more experiences of aesthetic salience predicted more flow in sport.ConclusionsThese findings illustrate that experiences of aesthetic salience in sport are complex and vary according to individual attributes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Coleman, MJ and Barber, BL and Donaghue, N
Keywords: adolescence, aesthetic salience, flow, gender, personality, sport
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Psychology
Publisher: Australian Psychological Soc
ISSN: 0004-9530
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