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Exploring The Understanding And Application Of Motivational Interviewing In Applied Sport Psychology.

Mack, R, Breckon, J, Butt, J and Maynard, I (2017) Exploring The Understanding And Application Of Motivational Interviewing In Applied Sport Psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 31 (4). pp. 396-409. ISSN 0888-4781

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from The Sport Psychologist, 2017, 31 (4): 396-409pp-pp, https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2016-0125. © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2020 09:15
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:08
DOI or Identification number: 10.1123/tsp.2016-0125
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13158

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