Stress and Mental Well-Being Experiences of Professional Football Coaches

Lee Baldock, Brendan Cropley, Rich Neil, Stephen Mellalieu

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    Abstract

    The stress experiences and their impact upon the daily lives and mental well-being of English Premier League professional (soccer) football coaches were explored using an in-depth qualitative design. Eight participants were interviewed using a semistructured approach with thematic and causal network analysis revealing that (a) a range of contextually dependent demands were experienced and interpreted in relation to their situational properties; (b) many demands were appraised and emotionally responded to in a negative manner; (c) a range of coping strategies were adopted to cope with stress experiences, with many reported as ineffective; and (d) stress experiences often led to negative implications for their daily lives and eudaimonic and hedonic well-being. Positive adaptations to some demands experienced were reported and augmented perceptions of mental wellbeing. The findings of this study make a novel and significant contribution to understanding the interrelationships between the principal components of the stress process and the prospective links between stress and mental well-being.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)108-122
    Number of pages15
    JournalThe Sport Psychologist
    Volume35
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

    Keywords

    • appraisal
    • coping
    • elite soccer coaches
    • eudaimonic well-being
    • hedonic well-being
    • stressors

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