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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Women coaches' perceptions of their sport organizations' social environment: Supporting coaches' psychological needs?
Authors: Allen, Justine
Shaw, Sally
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Issue Date: Sep-2009
Publisher: Human Kinetics Inc.
Citation: Allen J & Shaw S (2009) Women coaches' perceptions of their sport organizations' social environment: Supporting coaches' psychological needs?, Sport Psychologist, 23 (3), pp. 346-366.
Abstract: Researchers have argued that coaches are performers in their own right and that their psychological needs should be considered (Giges, Petitpas, & Vernacchia, 2004; Gould, Greenleaf, Guinan, & Chung, 2002). The purpose of this research was to examine high performance women coaches’ perceptions of their sport organizations’ social context, with specific attention to psychological need support. Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985; Ryan & Deci, 2002) was employed to frame the examination of the coaches’ experiences. Eight high performance women coaches from two sport organizations participated in semistructured interviews. All reported autonomy and competence development opportunities. Organizational relatedness was critical to the experience of a supportive environment. The findings provide insight into the "world of coaching" from the coaches’ perspective.
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in The Sport Psychologist by Human Kinetics with the following policy: The author retains the right to post an electronic version of the finalized article on electronic repositories controlled by the authors’ institution, provided that the electronic version is in PDF or other image capturing format.
Affiliation: Sport
University of Otago

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