Implementing an Autonomy-Supportive Intervention to Develop Mental Toughness in Adolescent Rowers

John W. Mahoney*, Nikos Ntoumanis, Daniel F. Gucciardi, Cliff J. Mallett, Juliette Stebbings

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-215
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

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