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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Irish athletes’ attitudes towards seeking sport psychology consultation
Authors: Lavallee, David
Jennings, Des
Anderson, Ailsa G
Martin, Scott B
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Issue Date: Sep-2006
Publisher: The Psychological Society of Ireland
Citation: Lavallee D, Jennings D, Anderson AG & Martin SB (2006) Irish athletes’ attitudes towards seeking sport psychology consultation, Irish Journal of Psychology, 26 (3-4), pp. 115-121.
Abstract: The aim of this study was to replicate previous research examining attitudes to sport psychology consultation conducted in the United States, Germany, and United Kingdom (Martin, Lavallee, Kellmann & Page, 2004), and New Zealand (Anderson, Hodge, Lavallee, & Martin, 2004). The study employed the Sport Psychology Attitudes-Revised (SPA-R) questionnaire (Martin, Kellman, Lavallee & Page, 2002) in order to develop an understanding of the attitudes elite Irish athletes (N=240) hold toward sport psychology and also compare these attitudes with those found in other countries. Irish athletes in this study reported a generally positive attitude toward sport psychology provision overall, and also were identified as being open to receiving sport psychology assistance, reported moderately high levels of confidence in sport psychology, and indicated the lack of accessibility and availability to these services as distinguishing factors. Comparison of results with athletes from other countries suggested that positive attitudes toward sport psychology may be based on factors not directly associated with personal experiences of sport psychology. As the provision of sport psychology increases, practitioners need to better understand athletes' attitudes toward sport psychology so they can tailor their services to best meet the needs of athletes. In order to do this, further research related to cultural and national differences is required.
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in The Irish Journal of Psychology by The Psychological Society of Ireland with the following policy: The Psychological Society of Ireland requires copyright to be assigned to itself as publisher, on the express condition that authors may use their own material at any time without permission.
Notes: ISSN: 0303-3910
Affiliation: School of Sport
Ulster University
University of Strathclyde
University of North Texas

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