Sport psychologists’ experiences of organizational stressors

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Fletcher, David ; Rumbold, James ; Tester, Robert ; Coombes, Matthew (2011)
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics
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    mesheuropmc: education | human activities | behavioral disciplines and activities

This study extends stress research by exploring sport psychologists’ experiences of organizational stressors. Twelve accredited sport psychologists (6 academics and 6\ud practitioners) were interviewed regarding their experiences of organizational stress within their jobs. Content analysis involved categorizing the demands associated\ud primarily and directly with their occupation under one of the following general dimensions: factors intrinsic to sport psychology, roles in the organization, sport\ud relationships and interpersonal demands, career and performance development issues, and organizational structure and climate of the profession. A frequency\ud analysis revealed that academics (ΣAOS = 201) experienced more organizational stressors than practitioners (ΣPOS = 168). These findings indicate that sport psychologists\ud experience a wide variety of organizational stressors across different roles, some of which parallel those found previously in other professions. The practical implications for the management of stress for sport psychologists are\ud discussed.
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