Psychological Skills Training: A Qualitative Study of Singapore Coaches
Keywords:Coaches, Concerns, PST, Isolation, Marginality, Wash-out
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in English; abstract also in Chinese.
This is a qualitative study of the concerns that Singapore secondary school coaches have with psychological skills training (PST). Two hundred and three coaches were asked to complete the Stages of Concern Questionnaire. The coaches were categorized into four coaching levels. The survey data demonstrated high levels of informational and personal concerns of the lower level coaches and high consequence concerns for the club level and national youth coaches. A group of four coaches, one from each level of coaching agreed to be interviewed in connection with the study. The interview questions were based on an analysis of the survey data. Results of the study revealed three dominant lines of discourse which went beyond the use of PST in schools and which appeared to be systemic concerns about teaching physical education and coaching in public schools. These included issues were closely aligned to existing concepts prevalent in the professional socialisation literature including marginality, isolation and wash-out. It was considered that these concerns would have a negative effect on the likelihood of coaches introducing PST in local schools.
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