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Coping with the demands of professional practice: Sport psychology consultants’ perspectives

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posted on 2023-01-30, 16:40 authored by Brendan Cropley, Lee Baldock, Stephen MellalieuStephen Mellalieu, Rich Neil, Christopher Robert David Wagstaff, Ross Wadey

 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. 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 used 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. 


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The Sport Psychologist


Human Kinetics


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Cropley, B., Baldock, L., Mellalieu, S. D., Neil, R., Wagstaff, C. R. D., & Wadey, R. (2016). 'Coping with the demands of professional practice: Sport psychology consultants’ perspectives',. The Sport Psychologist, 30(3), 290-302.

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Stephen Mellalieu Rich Neil

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