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Psychological distress across sport participation groups: The mediating effects of secondary irrational beliefs on the relationship between primary irrational beliefs and symptoms of anxiety, anger, and depression.

TURNER, Martin and Carrington, Stuart and Miller, Anthony (2017) Psychological distress across sport participation groups: The mediating effects of secondary irrational beliefs on the relationship between primary irrational beliefs and symptoms of anxiety, anger, and depression. journal of clinical sport psychology. (In Press)

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It is not fully understood to what extent cognitive mediators are involved in the transaction between contextual factors and athlete mental health. Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT) holds that primary irrational beliefs lead to psychological distress through secondary irrational beliefs. Therefore this study examined the mediational effects of primary and secondary irrational beliefs on psychological distress across three sport participation groups; non-sport participants, recreational sport participants, and elite athletes. This study also examined the differences in irrational beliefs and psychological distress between individual and team sport participants, between females and males, and across the three sport participation groups. Data revealed that secondary irrational beliefs mediated the relationships between primary irrational beliefs and psychological distress. Between-groups analyses revealed that elite athletes demonstrated smallest depreciation irrational beliefs, and elite female athletes reported greater depression symptoms than elite male athletes. The implications of the findings for research and applied work are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Martin TURNER
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 10:18
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 10:21
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3950

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