Exploring the Understanding and Application of Motivational Interviewing in Applied Sport Psychology

MACK, Rory, BRECKON, Jeff, BUTT, Joanne and MAYNARD, Ian (2017). Exploring the Understanding and Application of Motivational Interviewing in Applied Sport Psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 31 (4), 396-409.

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The purpose of this study was to explore how sport and exercise psychologists working in sport understand and use motivational interviewing (MI). Eleven practitioners participated in semi-structured interviews, and inductive thematic analysis identified themes linked to explicit use of MI, such as building engagement and exploring ambivalence to change; the value of MI, such as enhancing the relationship, rolling with resistance and integrating with other approaches; and barriers to the implementation of MI in sport psychology, such as a limited evidence-base in sport. Findings also indicated considerable implicit use of MI by participants, including taking an athlete-centred approach, supporting athlete autonomy, reflective listening, demonstrating accurate empathy, and taking a non-prescriptive, guiding role. This counselling style appears to have several tenets to enhance current practice in sport psychology, not least the enhancement of therapeutic alliance.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied Psychology
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2016-0125
Page Range: 396-409
SWORD Depositor: Hilary Ridgway
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:49
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16282

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