The relationship between passion and athlete identity in sport: the mediating and moderating role of dedication

UĞRAŞ S., Mergan B., ÇELİK T., Hidayat Y., Özman C., ÜSTÜN Ü. D.

BMC Psychology, vol.12, no.1, 2024 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s40359-024-01565-4
  • Journal Name: BMC Psychology
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Athlete character, Athlete experience, Athlete psychology, Commitment in sport, Emotion
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Background: In addition to the fact that the concept of passion in sports plays a significant role in the formation of the identity concept of athletes, the dedication of athletes to the sports branches they are interested in also has a significant impact on their passion for the sport they are interested in as well as their identity as an athlete. In this direction, the research aims to investigate the role of dedication as a mediator and moderator in the relationship between athlete identity and passion in sport. Methods: The research was designed using the quantitative research technique of relational surveying. As data collection instruments for the research, the athlete identity scale, the passion in sport scale, and the sports commitment scale were utilized. 237 amateur and professional athletes, of which 142 were male and 95 were female (Mage = 22.7), participated voluntarily in the study by random sampling. The data were analyzed with the PROCESS and Jamovi programs in order to examine the direct and indirect effects. Results: Significant effects of sports passion on commitment and athlete identity were found. Since both dedication and athlete identity had a significant effect on passion for sports, it was determined that passion for sports continues to influence athlete identity through the medium of dedication. The moderator significance of medium, high, and low values of devotion was determined. Ethics approval number: 226394, date of registration: 03/11/2022. Conclusion: On the basis of the results of the statistical analyses, it was determined that the concept of dedication has a mediating and moderating effect on the relationship between sports passion and athlete identity.