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

    O'Shea, Deirdre and Barkoukis, Vassilis and McIntyre, Tadhg and Loukovitis, Andreas and Gomez, Carole and Moritzer, Severin and Michaelides, Michalis and Theodorou, Nikolaos (2021) Who's to blame? The role of power and attributions in susceptibility to match-fixing. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 55. p. 101955. ISSN 1469-0292

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    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.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: O'Shea, D., Barkoukis, V., McIntyre, T., Loukovitis, A., Gomez, C., Moritzer, S., Michaelides, M. & Theodorou, N. 2021, "Who's to blame? The role of power and attributions in susceptibility to match-fixing", Psychology of sport and exercise, vol. 55, pp. 101955.
    Keywords: Match-fixing; Attributions; Power Emotions; Susceptibility; Event manipulation;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 17806
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    Depositing User: Tadhg Mac Intyre
    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2023 14:32
    Journal or Publication Title: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
    Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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