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An idiographic single-case study examining the use of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) with three amateur golfers to alleviate social anxiety.

TURNER, Martin, Ewen, David and BARKER, Jamie (2018) An idiographic single-case study examining the use of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) with three amateur golfers to alleviate social anxiety. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. ISSN 1041-3200 (Submitted)

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Abstract
Performance anxiety has been studied in relation to golf performance but one phenomenon that has received scant attention is social anxiety. One potential intervention that could reduce social anxiety in golfers is rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), a cognitive-behavioral approach for which research interest is growing. The current study used an idiographic single-case study design to assess the effects of REBT on the social anxiety of three male amateur golfers. REBT was employed both on and off the golf course to ensure integration of REBT into the golfers’ performance, offering a methodological advancement of past research. Data were collected prior to, during, and after the REBT intervention. Visual analysis following single-case guidelines revealed substantial reductions in irrational beliefs and social anxiety in all three golfers. Social validation data indicated the positive receipt of REBT by the golfers, and supported the visual analysis findings. This current study supports the effectiveness of REBT and also extends the research by applying REBT in a “real-world” performance setting, offering methodological advances and providing clear implications for future research and practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on 25 July 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10413200.2018.1496186.”
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Martin TURNER
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 13:26
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 10:09
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4578

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