Coping with the demands of professional practice: Sport psychology consultants’ perspectives
Mellalieu, Stephen D.
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This study aimed to gain an insight into the general coping strategies used by sport psychology consultants (SPCs) based in the UK, and an in-depth understanding of their development and impact. In order to achieve these aims a mixed-method approach was adopted by means of two linked studies. In study one, BASES accredited and/or BPS chartered SPCs (n = 29) completed the modified COPE inventory (Crocker & Graham, 1995) to gain a better understanding of the general coping strategies utilized by practitioners. In study two, follow-up interviews (n = 6) with participants sampled from study one were conducted to explore how the reported strategies were developed, the perceived impact of coping/not coping with stressors, and how future SPCs may be better prepared for the stressful nature of consultancy. Findings suggested that the participants had a statistically significant preference to using problem-focused coping strategies. Further, the interviews suggested that coping strategies were primarily developed through reflection on experiences in different contexts. The impacts of coping/not coping and the practical development implications raised are discussed.
The Sport Psychologist
Cropley, B., Baldock, L., Neil, R., Mellalieu, S.D., Wagstaff, C. & Wadey, R. (2016) 'Coping with the demands of professional practice: Sport psychology consultants’ perspectives', The Sport Psychologist, 30(3) , pp. 290-302
Dynodwr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOI)http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0125
This article was published in The Sport Psychologist in September 2016 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0125
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