A phenomenological analysis of coping effectiveness in golf

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Nicholls, A, Holt, N and Polman, Remco (2005) A phenomenological analysis of coping effectiveness in golf. The Sport Psychologist, 19 (2). pp. 111-130. ISSN 0888-4781


The purpose of this study was to examine instances when international age-group golfers coped effectively and ineffectively with performance-related stressors during competition. Eighteen male Irish international golfers (M age = 17 years) participated in semistructured interviews pertaining to their coping experiences during golf competition. Data were thematically analyzed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (Smith & Osborn, 2003). Strategies associated with effective coping were rationalizing, reappraising, blocking, positive self-talk, following a routine, breathing exercises, physical relaxation, and seeking on-course social support. Alternatively, different types of coping responses (trying too hard, speeding up, routine changes, negative thoughts, lack of coping) were associated with ineffective coping. Theoretical and applied implications of these findings are discussed.

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Online ISSN: 1543-2793

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8112
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID22163. golf, coping, stress, performance, anxiety, international golfers, Irish, teenagers, youth, boys, males
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