Elite Academy Soccer Players’ Perceptions towards Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Wilkins, Luke and Sweeney, Jen and Zaborski, Zoella and Nelson, Carl and Tweddle, Simon and Beukes, Eldré W. and Allen, Peter M. (2020) Elite Academy Soccer Players’ Perceptions towards Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 14 (1). pp. 55-67. ISSN 1932-927X

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The purpose of the present study was to address perceptions towards Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in soccer. Twenty-four male, elite academy soccer players (M age = 20.04) completed a custom-made questionnaire which included education on CBT. The results found that: i) initially, only 8% of players had heard of CBT whilst only 4% of players knew what CBT was, ii) players strongly agreed that CBT should be offered to all players, iii) not knowing how/where to seek help was identified as the main barrier to CBT, iv) players indicated a preference for one-to-one and face-to-face CBT, as opposed to small-group or online-CBT, and v) players perceived they would receive most support from family/friends, and least support from teammates, if they were to undertake CBT. These findings demonstrate that whilst initial awareness and knowledge of CBT is low, general perceptions towards CBT are positive once athletes are educated on the area.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2018-0026. © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Keywords: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Soccer, Elite
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Professor Peter Allen
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:54
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703341

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