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Title: Retirement from sport and the loss of athletic identity
Author(s): Lavallee, David
Gordon, Sandy
Grove, J Robert
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Issue Date: Apr-1997
Date Deposited: 27-Aug-2012
Citation: Lavallee D, Gordon S & Grove JR (1997) Retirement from sport and the loss of athletic identity. Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss, 2 (2), pp. 129-147.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine how a sample of elite athletes coped with distressful reactions to retirement from sport. As part of a larger research project, 15 former elite athletes were identified as having experienced severe emotional difficulties upon athletic career termination. Through use of a micronarrative methodology, it was determined that account making can be a significant moderator of distress during the career transition process. In addition, the quality of the account making was found to be related to present affect and overall success in coping with athletic retirement. Finally, changes in athletic identity were found to be significant determinants of adjustment for athletes upon career termination. Suggestions are presented for future research on treatment strategies for distressful reactions to retirement from sport.
DOI Link: 10.1080/10811449708414411
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss, Volume 2, Issue 2, 1997, pp. 129-147. Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss is available online at:

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