Fear of failure and anxiety in sport

Marco Estêvão Correia, António Rosado


Sport represents an important achievement domain, where fear of failure and anxiety are permanently present. The present study aimed to examine the relationship between fear of failure and anxiety in sport contexts. A total of 405 athletes from different types of sports completed the Performance Failure Appraisal Inventory and the Sport Anxiety Scale-2. In this study, a structural equation modelling was used to test this relationship. The results gathered, provided evidence that fear of failure construct has a direct and positive influence on sport anxiety. Furthermore, and consistent with previous studies, a relationship between fear of failure and anxiety in sport contexts was found, indicating that athletes with higher levels of fear of failure displayed a tendency of having greater sport anxiety levels. These findings highlights the importance of fear of failure in sport contexts, especially as a predictor of sport anxiety in athletes.


Performance appraisal failure inventory, Sport anxiety, Confirmatory factor analysis, Athletes

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