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Advancing our understanding of psychological stress and coping among parents in organized youth sport

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posted on 16.11.2020, 14:39 by Chris Harwood, Sam Thrower, MJ Slater, FF Didymus, L Frearson
© 2019 Harwood, Thrower, Slater, Didymus and Frearson. The current study investigated psychological stress among parents of competitive British tennis players. Adopting a multipart concurrent mixed method design, 135 British tennis parents completed a cross sectional online questionnaire to examine their primary appraisals, emotions, and coping strategies associated with self-disclosed stressors. Hierarchical content analysis was conducted on open ended questionnaire responses to identify key stressors and coping strategies, and descriptive and inferential statistics were utilized to explore the differences between various components of the process. The findings revealed a range of organizational, competitive, and developmental stressors. These stressors were predominantly appraised as harm or challenge, and anxiety and anger were the most prominent emotions that the parents experienced. Statistically, parents experienced greater anger in relation to competition (compared to organizational and developmental) stressors, whilst harm appraisal increased negative emotions, and challenge appraisal increased positive emotions. Findings also highlighted how parents used a number of mastery, internal regulation, and goal withdrawal coping strategies, which varied statistically in degrees of reported effectiveness. The contribution of these findings to the stress literature and their applied implications are discussed.

History

Published in

Frontiers in Psychology

Volume

10

Publisher

Frontiers Media

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Frontiers Media under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

25/06/2019

Publication date

2019-07-12

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1664-1078

eISSN

1664-1078

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Chris Harwood . Deposit date: 13 November 2020

Article number

1600

Licence

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