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Developing performance using rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT): a case study with an elite archer

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posted on 26.01.2018 by Andrew G. Wood, Jamie Barker, Martin J. Turner
© 2017 Human Kinetics, Inc. Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT; Ellis, 1957) is a psychotherapeutic approach receiving increasing interest within sport. REBT is focused on identifying, disputing, and replacing irrational beliefs (IBs) with rational beliefs (RBs) to promote emotional well-being and goal achievement. This study provides a detailed case outlining the application and effect of seven one-to-one REBT sessions with an elite level archer who was experiencing performance-related anxiety, before and during competition. The case also offers an insight into common misconceptions, challenges, and guidance for those who may consider applying REBT within their practice. Data revealed meaningful short and long-term (6-months) reductions in IBs and improvements in RBs, self-efficacy, perception of control and archery performance. The case supports the effective application of REBT as an intervention with athletic performers, promoting lasting changes in an athlete's ability to manage their cognitions, emotions and behaviors in the pursuit of performance excellence.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sport Psychologist

Volume

31

Issue

1

Pages

78 - 87

Citation

WOOD, A.G., BARKER, J. and TURNER, M.J., 2017. Developing performance using rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT): a case study with an elite archer. Sport Psychologist, 31(1), pp. 78-87.

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© Human Kinetics

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

26/05/2016

Publication date

2017-01-31

Notes

Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Sport Psychologist, 31(1), pp. 78-87., https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0083. © Human Kinetics, Inc.

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0888-4781

eISSN

1543-2793

Language

en

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