Athletes' experiences of sport psychology consultation: exploring a multi-season, cross gender intervention

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Athletes' experiences of sport psychology consultation: exploring a multi-season, cross gender intervention

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dc.contributor.advisor Bergin, David Allen en_US
dc.contributor.author Mapes, Renee en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-16T14:12:32Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-16T14:12:32Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009 Summer en_US
dc.identifier.other MapesR-092410-D530 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/10766
dc.description Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on September 28, 2010). en_US
dc.description The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Dissertation advisor: Dr. David Bergin. en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Ph. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2009. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Educational and counseling psychology. en_US
dc.description.abstract Applied sport psychology consultations can provide beneficial services to athletes and coaches, particularly regarding performance enhancement. This study examined the experiences of ten wrestlers involved in a long-term sport psychology program through the use of in-depth interviews. Grounded Theory methodology guided the analysis of the data which led to the creation of five main themes: Athlete Characteristics; Intervention Characteristics; Outcomes; Social Processes; and Sport Psychologist. Participants acknowledged their initial resistance to working with a female sport psychologist, based on gender stereotypes and fears of being negatively perceived by other members of the team. Issues around physical attraction, the degree to which a female could be seen as knowledgeable in the sport and social hierarchies helped the team redefine what actions were considered acceptable. Participants developed an understanding of how sport psychology could help them achieve their athletic goals and talked about the establishment of trust. They also discussed many ways in which they felt that sport psychology had unexpectedly contributed to their lives within and beyond sport; for example, many felt more connected with their teammates after attending team talks. Finally, most participants believed that the most significant outcome of working with a sport psychologist was that of gaining a friend and positive support. en_US
dc.format.extent iv, 180 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2009 Freely available dissertations (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sports -- Psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Wrestlers -- Psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Athletic ability -- Testing en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Athletes -- Psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology, Applied en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Athletes -- Training of en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Grounded theory en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women psychologists en_US
dc.title Athletes' experiences of sport psychology consultation: exploring a multi-season, cross gender intervention en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Educational, school, and counseling psychology en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 720429687 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2009 Dissertations


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