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Conflict among athletes and their coaches: What is the theory and research so far?

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posted on 16.03.2017, 11:52 by Svenja Wachsmuth, Sophia JowettSophia Jowett, Chris HarwoodChris Harwood
© 2016 The Author(s).Although social and personal relationships are vital for productivity, health and wellbeing, conflict is inevitable and is likely to cause upset and hurt feelings as well as anxiety and distrust. Despite the potentially central role of interpersonal conflict in sport, researchers have yet to pay concerted attention to exploring the nature of conflict, its antecedents and consequences. Following a thorough literature search 80 research papers were identified, of which only a small number (6) studied interpersonal conflict directly, most captured dysfunctional interpersonal processes such as breakdown of communication. The current review aims to provide a critical summary of the existing literature around the psychological construct of interpersonal conflict, including its antecedents, management strategies and outcomes within the context of coach–athlete relationships as well as other relational contexts in sport. Based on the relevant literature, a framework of interpersonal conflict is proposed, which includes a specific focus on a key dyad within sport coaching – namely the coach–athlete dyad. Future research directions and potential practical implications for sport psychology consultants, coach educators, coaches and athletes as well as other stakeholders are discussed.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Volume

10

Issue

1

Pages

84 - 107

Citation

WACHSMUTH, S., JOWETT, S. and HARWOOD, C.G., 2016. Conflict among athletes and their coaches: What is the theory and research so far? International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 10(1), pp. 84-107.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

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

26/04/2016

Publication date

2016

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology on 4th Sept 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1750984X.2016.1184698.

ISSN

1750-984X

eISSN

1750-9858

Language

en