The importance of contextualisation when developing pressure intervention: an illustration among age-group professional soccer players

Kent, Sofie, Devonport, Tracey J, Lane, Andrew M and Nicholls, Wendy (2020) The importance of contextualisation when developing pressure intervention: an illustration among age-group professional soccer players. Psychreg Journal of Psychology, 4 (2). pp. 22-45. doi:10.5281/zenodo.3871272

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The need for interventions that help adolescents cope with pressure is widely recognised (Yeager et al., 2018). However, a recent systematic review indicates that contextualising the pressure intervention is often overlooked (Kent et al., 2018) which likely detracts from intervention effectiveness. The focus of contextualisation is to identify from the perspective of intended intervention recipients, pressureinducing incentives, and factors factor facilitative and debilitative of performance under pressure. The present case study illustrates a process of contextualisation among age-group professional soccer players. Thirty-two male academy soccer players (11–12 years, n = 8; 13–14 years, n = 8; 15–16 years, n = 8; 17–18 years, n = 8) participated in one of eight focus groups. Informed by Baumeister and Shower’s (1986) definition of pressure five situational and two personal incentives were deductively identified. Fletcher and Sarkar’s (2012) model of psychological resilience was used to identify perceived protective and debilitative factors of performance under pressure. Supporting contextualisation, recommendation for integrating the identified incentives and protective factors into a pressure training intervention are presented. The resultant understandings are also of value to those working with adolescents.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Appraisal; Coping; Intervention development; Resilience; Stimulation training
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports > GV861 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 15:43
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:07

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