Defining and characterizing team resilience in elite sport

Morgan, Paul B.C. and Fletcher, David and Sarkar, Mustafa (2013) Defining and characterizing team resilience in elite sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14 (4). pp. 549-559. ISSN 14690292

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Abstract

Objectives: The objectives of this study were to develop a definition of team resilience and to identify the resilient characteristics of elite sport teams. Design and method: Focus groups consisting of a total of 31 participants were conducted with five elite teams from a range of sports. An interpretive thematic analysis using inductive and deductive reasoning was employed to analyze the data. Results and conclusions: Team resilience was defined as a dynamic, psychosocial process which protects a group of individuals from the potential negative effect of the stressors they collectively encounter. It comprises of processes whereby team members use their individual and combined resources to positively adapt when experiencing adversity. Findings revealed four main resilient characteristics of elite sport teams: group structure, mastery approaches, social capital, and collective efficacy. This study extends resilience research in sport psychology by providing greater conceptual clarity of resilience at a team level. The implications of the findings for those conducting research in this area and for those consulting with elite sport teams are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014 Submission. Adversity; Definition; Excellence; Positive adaptation; Resilient characteristics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Mustafa Sarkar
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 11:29
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2015 12:09
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1213

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