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Who’s to blame? The role of power and attributions in susceptibility to match-fixing

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dc.contributor.author O'Shea, Deirdre
dc.contributor.author Barkoukis, Vassilis
dc.contributor.author McIntyre, Tadhg
dc.contributor.author Loukovitis, Andreas
dc.contributor.author Gomez, Carole
dc.contributor.author Moritzer, Severin
dc.contributor.author Michaelides, Michalis
dc.contributor.author Theodorou, Nikolaos
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-25T10:28:39Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-25T10:28:39Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10109
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objective: Official reports and anecdotal evidence suggest that people with power frequently put pressure on athletes to fix a match. Therefore, it is assumed that athletes may attribute their involvement to this pressure. The present study was designed to investigate the role that power, attributions and moral emotions may play in the decision to fix a match. Method: Team and individual sport athletes (N = 427) competing in five European countries participated in a quasi-experimental vignette design. Participants completed eight vignettes manipulating power, source of attributions and stability of attributions. Match-fixing susceptibility and five discrete anticipated moral emotions (guilt, shame, pride, indifference, anger) were measured. Results: The results of the analyses demonstrated that athletes are perceived to be most susceptible to match fixing when the reason is related to a stable attribute of the individual (e.g., enjoying gambling, having a betting problem). However, participants reported also being susceptible to match-fixing when power is high. Anticipated emotions negatively predicted match-fixing susceptibility and mediated the effect of attributions and power on match-fixing susceptibility. Conclusion: The findings provide information on the interplay between attributions, power and anticipated emotions in predicting match-fixing susceptibility, and the determinants of match-fixing susceptibility. This will be of benefit to policy makers, sporting organizations and researchers in developing policies and interventions to protect athletes from being vulnerable to match-fixing requests. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Psychology of Sport & Exercise;55, 101955
dc.subject Match-fixing en_US
dc.subject Attributions en_US
dc.subject Power en_US
dc.title Who’s to blame? The role of power and attributions in susceptibility to match-fixing en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.101955
dc.contributor.sponsor European Union (EU) en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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