Perceptions of Engaging with a Super-Strengths Approach in Elite Sport

LUDLAM, Katie E, BAWDEN, Mark, BUTT, Joanne, LINDSAY, Pete and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Perceptions of Engaging with a Super-Strengths Approach in Elite Sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 (3), 251-269.

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Abstract

Strengths-based approaches (underpinned by positive psychology) are scarcely documented in sport. This study explored perceptions of a strengths-based approach (termed super-strengths) on psychological characteristics and performance in elite sport. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with athletes (N=12) who had previous experience of working with a sport psychology practitioner on super-strengths. Thematic analysis of the data (Braun & Clarke, 2006) indicated that super-strengths had a positive influence on athletes’ mind-set, confidence (e.g., self-belief), clarity of purpose (e.g., goal direction), drive, coping ability, and performance. Findings highlight the potential benefits of adopting strengths-based approaches in sport, and recommendations for future research are provided. Key words: positive, performance psychology, confidence, elite sport

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Identification Number: 10.1080/10413200.2016.1255278
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 11:38
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 20:21
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13855

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