Organisational Stressors, Coping, and Coping Effectiveness: A Longitudinal Study with an Elite Coach

A. Levy, A. Nicholls, D. Marchant, R. Polman

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine organisational stressors, coping, and perceptions of coping effectiveness with an elite coach. The participant completed a daily diary over a 28-day period. Each diary entry consisted of an open-ended stressor, a coping response section, and a Likert-type scale measure of coping effectiveness. Inductive and deductive content analysis procedures were used to analyse the diaries, in addition to frequency data which were obtained for both stressors and coping strategies. Findings indicated administration, overload, competition environment, the athletes, and team atmosphere were the salient organisational stressors. Coping strategies used to alleviate such stressors were communication, preparation, planning, social support, and self-talk. These strategies were generally effective, but coping effectiveness declined over the 28-days.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-45
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Volume4
Issue number1
Early online date1 Mar 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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