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Practicing what we preach: investigating the role of social support in sport psychologists’ well-being

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dc.contributor.author McCormack, H. M.
dc.contributor.author MacIntyre, Tadhg E.
dc.contributor.author O'Shea, Deirdre
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Mark J.
dc.contributor.author Igou, Eric Raymond
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-21T10:49:00Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-21T10:49:00Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier Mark.Campbell@ul.ie
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4804
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Well-being and mental health of psychologists and their clients can be strongly linked to the psychologists’ experience of work. We know from general theories of occupational health psychology that certain work factors will have a greater impact on well-being than others. Work engagement is positively related with occupational health, while burnout and workaholic tendencies relate negatively. An individual’s resources can buffer against these negative effects. Specifically, the environmental resource of social support can impede the impact and instance of workaholism and has a positive influence on burnout. Social support is often encouraged by sport psychologists in protecting an athlete’s well-being. Drawing on theory and research from work and organizational, health and social psychology we explore the lived experiences of burnout and work engagement among applied sport psychologists, investigating their perceptions of how these experiences impact their well-being. Thirty participants from five countries were asked, using semi-structured interviews, to recall specific incidents when feelings of work engagement and burnout occurred. We examined the influence of social support and its impact on these incidents. Thematic analysis revealed that burnout is frequently experienced despite high levels of work engagement. Sources of social support differ between groups of high burnout versus low burnout, as does reference to the dimensions of work engagement. Avenues for future research including investigating the role of mindfulness and therapeutic lifestyle changes for practitioners are outlined. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Psychology;6
dc.rights This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission en_US
dc.subject self care en_US
dc.subject work engagement en_US
dc.subject burnout en_US
dc.subject sport psychology en_US
dc.subject ethics en_US
dc.subject social support en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject qualitative en_US
dc.title Practicing what we preach: investigating the role of social support in sport psychologists’ well-being en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01854
dc.contributor.sponsor AASP en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1617391
dc.internal.authorcontactother Deirdre.OShea@ul.ie
dc.internal.authorcontactother Tadhg.MacIntyre@ul.ie
dc.internal.authorcontactother Eric.Igou@ul.ie
dc.internal.authorcontactother Mark.Campbell@ul.ie


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