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Title: Only my group will do: Evidence that social support protects athletes from burnout when they identify with those who provide it
Author(s): Murray, Ross M
Hartley, Chris
Coffee, Pete
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Keywords: Social identification
Sport drop out
Perceived support
Issue Date: Nov-2023
Date Deposited: 22-Aug-2023
Citation: Murray RM, Hartley C & Coffee P (2023) Only my group will do: Evidence that social support protects athletes from burnout when they identify with those who provide it. <i>Psychology of Sport and Exercise</i>, Art. No.: 102508.
Abstract: Perceived availability of social support can reduce symptoms of burnout in athletes. As such, it is important to understand the circumstances under which perceived social support is most effective. Social influences such as strength of social identification with a particular group or identity are believed to play an important role in the provision and effectiveness of social support. Across two studies, we investigate whether social identification in a sport can strengthen the protective association between perceived social support and burnout. In Study 1, athletes completed questionnaires assessing perceptions of social support availability, social identification, and burnout. In Study 2, participants completed the same measures at systematic time points across a six-month timespan. In both studies, participants’ levels of social identification moderated the association between perceived social support and burnout, whereby there was a stronger negative relationship between social support and burnout when participants reported higher levels of social identification in their sport. These results indicate that social identity may play an integral role in improving the efficacy of social support on burnout.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2023.102508
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