Intragroup conflict in sports - a scoping review

Jonas Lüdemann*, Jens Kleinert

*Corresponding author for this work

Publication: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution - Published abstract for conference with selection processResearchpeer-review


Intragroup conflicts are a part of competitive sports groups (Holt et al., 2012; LaVoi, 2007). Thus, knowledge on intragroup conflict can help athletes, coaches and sport psychologists to improve performance and well-being in sports groups. In the literature, intragroup conflict is defined as the experience of incompatibilities or opposition between interdependent parties (Barki & Hartwick, 2004; Korsgaard et al., 2008). To date, there is no uniform understanding of intragroup conflict in sports (Paradis et al., 2014) and the research has been conducted rather unsystematically until now. The objective of this review is to provide an overview of the literature in order to identify potential opportunities for practice and research.
A systematic database search was conducted via multiple databases. Titles and abstracts of 6830 publications were screened against eligibility criteria.
Of these, 36 publications specifically address intragroup conflict in sports. Primary research (quantitative, qualitative, cross-sectional, longitudinal, case studies) took place in the different contexts of amateur, college, professional and youth sports. The papers indicate links between intragroup conflict and cohesion, communication, collective efficacy, performance and team development. Intragroup conflict in sports can have both positive and negative effects. Furthermore, instruments were developed to measure intragroup conflict in sports that may be used in future research.
The existing research on intragroup conflict in sports reflects the complexity of the topic itself. Future research is necessary to establish a consistent and systematic understanding of intragroup conflict in sports. This research will also strengthen the empirical basis for group dynamic work in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFEPSAC 2022 - Abstract Book : 16th EUROPEAN CONGRESS of SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY ; Sport, exercise and performance psychology: challenges and opportunities in a changing world
Number of pages1
PublisherEuropean Federation of Sport Psychology
Publication date01.08.2022
Publication statusPublished - 01.08.2022
Event16th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology: Sport, exercise and performance psychology: challenges and opportunities in a changing world - University of Padova; Padova City Hall, Padova, Italy
Duration: 11.07.202216.07.2022
Conference number: 16


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