Smit, J. F., (1992). The role of the experience of success in sport as determinant to formation of self-concept. S. A. Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, 14(2), 39-46.

Vrey's Adolescent Self-concept Scale and a test for determining the perception of success in sport were administered to 3,246 secondary school boys in South Africa.

The group with a more positive perception of success, regardless of real results or winning in sport, showed a more positive self-concept than the group with a more negative perception of sporting achievement.

The perception of success in sport is involved in the formation of self-concept in school boys regardless of real achievements.

Implication. It is important for coaches and teachers to be positive with children in physical activity. Communicating good things about performance factors is more important than the actual standard of performance achievement.

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