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

Butt, J, Ludlam, K, Bawden, M, Lindsay, P and Maynard, I (2016) Perceptions of Engaging with a Super-Strengths Approach in Elite Sport. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 29 (3). pp. 251-269. ISSN 1041-3200

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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
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on 5 Dec 2015, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2016.1255278
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 11:26
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:10
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/10413200.2016.1255278
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13114
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