Passion for ski mountaineering and relationship quality: The mediating role of team cohesion

Roberta Antonini Philippe *, Marc-André K. Lafrenière **, Yvan Paquet *** and Denis Hauw *

(*) Institute of Sport Sciences,University of Lausanne, Switzerland
(**) Department of Psychology,University of Maryland, USA
(***) Departement of Physical Activity and Sports Science, University of La Réunion


Antonini Philippe, R., K. Lafrenière, M., Paquet, Y., Hauw, D. (2014). Passion for ski mountaineering and relationship quality: The mediating role of team cohesion. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 45(5), 469-486. doi:10.7352/IJSP.2014.45.469


Vallerand and colleagues (2003) developed a dualistic model of passion, wherein two types of passion are proposed: harmonious and obsessive passions that predict adaptive and less adaptive interpersonal outcomes, respectively. The present study examined the mediating role of team cohesion between passion and relationship satisfaction and interpersonal conflict with teammates. We hypothesized that harmonious and obsessive passions would be positively and negatively related to team cohesion, respectively, which, in turn should be associated with high relationship satisfaction and low interpersonal conflict with teammates. Ski mountaineers (N = 559) participating in the “Patrouille des Glaciers” completed an initial questionnaire assessing harmonious and obsessive passions for ski mountaineering and team cohesion before the race. After the race, a second questionnaire was completed and assessed participants’ relationship quality with teammates and team conflict during the race. Results from path analyses supported the hypothesized model. Future research directions are discussed in light of the dualistic model of passion and team cohesion literature.

Keywords: Passion, Relationship, Ski Mountaineering, Team Cohesion