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Seeing Things in a Different Light: Assessing the Effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention upon the Further Appraisals and Performance of Golfers

Rich Neil, Sheldon Hanton, Stephen Mellalieu

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Volume: 25, Issue: 1, Pages: 106 - 130

Swansea University Author: Stephen Mellalieu

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Published in: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
ISSN: 1041-3200 1533-1571
Published: 2013
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Item Description: Originality stems from the study being the first experimental intervention to examine Lazarus’ (1991) cognitive motivational relational theory of stress and emotion in a sports context. Its significance relates to the findings supporting the theory’s proposed mechanisms as to how a cognitive-behavioral intervention influences athlete appraisals (i.e., emotional orientation) of their emotions towards upcoming performance and the subsequent effect on actual performance. A number of applied implications for psychologists and coaches’ stress management goal setting practices with athletes are identified. For rigour the experiment was conducted in situ using a high ecological validity design over an prolonged period with collection of data on a number of psychological variables, including indices of performance
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Issue: 1
Start Page: 106
End Page: 130