Task and Ego Orientation in Sports Questionnaire - TEOSQ. The Task and Ego Orientation in Sports Questionnaire (TEOSQ) can be used to assess whether an individual defines success in a sporting context as mastery (task orientated) or outperforming others (ego orientated).
TEOSQ is a 13 item questionnaire measuring task orientation (7 questions) and the other ego orientation (6 questions). Before completing the questionnaire, the individual is asked to think of a time when they felt most successful in their sport and answer the questions based on this. The answers are indicated on a 5 point scale, where 1 = strongly agree and 5 = strongly disagree.
Consider the statement "I feel most successful in a sport when…" and read each of the following statements listed below and indicate how much you personally agree with each statement by entering an appropriate score where: 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = neutral, 4 = agree and 5 = strongly agree.
I feel most successful in a sport when…
- I am the only one who can do the play or skill
- I learn a new skill and it makes me want to practice more
- I can do better than my friends
- The others cannot do as well as me
- I learn something that is fun to do
- Others mess up "and" I do not
- I learn a new skill by trying hard
- I work really hard
- I score the most points/goals/hits, etc
- Something I learn makes me want to go practice more
- I am the best
- A skill I learn really feels right
- I do my very best.
The ego orientated questions are questions: 1, 3, 4. 6, 9 and 11
The task-orientated questions are questions: 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 13
A mean score is calculated by adding all the scores for all the task orientated questions and dividing by 7 and doing the same for the ego orientated questions but dividing by 6.
This gives a mean score between 1 (low) and 5 (high) for each orientation.
This test is suitable for all athletes.
Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test.
There are no published tables to relate results to potential performance in competition.
Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evaluation Test. Electric World Plc. London.
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