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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Sources of strain among elite UK track athletes
Authors: McKay, Jane
Niven, Ailsa G
Lavallee, David
White, Alison
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Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Citation: McKay J, Niven AG, Lavallee D & White A (2008) Sources of strain among elite UK track athletes, Sport Psychologist, 22 (2), pp. 143-163.
Abstract: Following the theoretical framework of Lazarus and Folkman (1984), recently adapted to sport (Fletcher, Hanton, & Mellalieu, 2006), 12 elite UK track athletes (M age = 22.7; SD = 2.4 years) participated in semistructured interviews to identify sources of strain. Inductive content analysis identified 11 general dimensions of sources of strain from 664 meaning units, which were subsequently categorized into competitive, organizational, and personal domains. Several sources of strain (e.g., competitive concerns, pressure to perform) were consistent with previous research supporting the suggestion that a core group of stressors may be evident across sports although several sources of strain appeared to be more pertinent to track athletes (e.g., social evaluation and self-presentation concerns) highlighting the need to consider group differences.
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository.
Affiliation: University of Strathclyde
Heriot-Watt University
School of Sport
University of Strathclyde

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