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The experience of depression during the careers of elite male athletes

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dc.contributor.author Doherty, Steve
dc.contributor.author Hannigan, Barbara
dc.contributor.author Campbell, Mark J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-06T13:53:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-06T13:53:01Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5198
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The topic of depression during the career of elite male athletes has been the subject of much public interest and attention in recent years. Despite numerous debates and personal disclosures within the media, there is a dearth of published research directly exploring the phenomenon. This study sought to explore how elite male athletes experience depression during their sporting careers. Eight former/current elite male athletes who had previously publically self-identified as having experienced depression while participating in sport were recruited for this study. A qualitative methodology was employed and each participant was interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Data analysis which was conducted using descriptive and interpretive thematic analysis uncovered three domains: (1) The emergence of depression, (2) The manifestation of symptoms of depression, and (3) Adaptive and Maladaptive proceesses of recovery. Findings from the current study reveal the nature of how male athletes experience, express, and respond to depression during their careers. Additionally, this is influenced by a myriad of factors embedded in the masculine elite sport environment. Implications are discussed particularly in relation to atypical expressions of depression not necessarily reflected on or in standard diagnostic criteria. Future research is encouraged to examine in depth moderating factors (e.g., athletic sense of identity and masculine elite sport environments) for the relationship between depression and participation in elite sport. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers Media en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Psychology;7, article 1069
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 male en_US
dc.subject depression en_US
dc.subject elite sport culture en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject masculinity en_US
dc.title The experience of depression during the careers of elite male athletes 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.2016.01069
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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