Award Date

8-1-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Bradley Donohue

Second Committee Member

Rachael Robnett

Third Committee Member

Kimberly Barchard

Fourth Committee Member

Nancy Lough

Number of Pages

65

Abstract

There is a demand to target the mental health needs of collegiate athletes, who are

considered to be at-risk for physiological injuries, psychological disturbances, and

academic problems. Due to the dynamic nature of the coach-athlete relationship,

assessing the impact coaches have on athletes’ psychological wellbeing is imperative to

shift the way mental health is addressed within this population. The current study aims to

address the relationship between perceived problems in the coach-athlete relationship and

mental health of college students who participate in organized sport. I hypothesize that

problems in the relationship have serious implications for athletes and mental health

providers in that an athlete’s perception of problems in the coach-athlete relationship will

predict more mental health problems, substance use, and stress than athletes who do not

identify problems in the coach-athlete relationship. In addition, the current study aims to

understand gender related differences in mental health complaints, substance use, and

perception of problems within the coach-athlete relationship. I hypothesize that male and

female athletes will report differences in their experience of these three domains.

Keywords

Athletes; Coach; Coach-Athlete Relationship; Mental Health; Sport; Sport Psychology

Disciplines

Clinical Psychology

Language

English


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