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Stressors, coping, and coping effectiveness among players from the England under-18 rugby union team

Nicholls, A and Polman, Remco (2007) Stressors, coping, and coping effectiveness among players from the England under-18 rugby union team. Journal of Sport Behavior, 30 (2). pp. 199-218. ISSN 0162-7341

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine stressors, coping strategies, and perceived coping, effectiveness among international adolescent rugby players. Eleven English international adolescent rugby union players (M age = 17.9 years) maintained diaries over a 31-day period. The diaries included a stressor checklist, an open-ended coping responses section, and a Likert-type scale evaluation of coping effectiveness. Total reported stressors and coping strategies for the 31-day period were tallied, and the data were subsequently analyzed longitudinally. Overall, the most frequently-cited stressors were making a physical error, receiving coach/parental criticism, making a mental error, injury, and observing an opponent play well. The most frequently cited coping strategies were blocking, increased effort, and taking advice. Coping effectiveness appeared to be related to the choice of the coping strategy deployed. Strategies such as blocking and technical adjustments were generally rated as being more effective than strategies such as self-talk and increasing effort.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22553. stress, coping, sports psychology, blocking, competition, rugby, football players, footballers, self-help, English, England
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 04:06
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2012 05:05
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7818
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