Implementing an Autonomy-Supportive Intervention to Develop Mental Toughness in Adolescent Rowers
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It was hypothesized that autonomy-supportive coaching behaviors, psychological needs satisfaction, and mental toughness would increase, and controlling coaching behaviors and psychological needs thwarting would decrease following a coach-directed autonomy-supportive intervention. Data related to these hypotheses were collected with coaches (N = 18) and adolescent rowers (N = 61) prior to and following an 8-week intervention, and 8 weeks following the intervention. Coaches were interviewed following data collection about their involvement in the intervention. Results did not support the hypotheses. Qualitative analyses revealed that autonomy-supportive behaviors might not have been adopted due to contextual pressures on the coaches.
This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on 12/10/2015 available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10413200.2015.1101030
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