A mixed-methods exploration of the changing role social support plays in the self-determined motivation of youth footballers as they transition from the competitive to elite game.

Cochrane, Ben (2016) A mixed-methods exploration of the changing role social support plays in the self-determined motivation of youth footballers as they transition from the competitive to elite game. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to build on the previous work of Morris, Tod and Oliver (2015) by establishing whether the current dispositional motivation of elite youth footballers resulted in differences in the structure of their personal network and their interpretation of the support offered by network members during the transition to academy club football. Elite youth footballers (N=21; aged 14-16 years) were recruited from a professional football academy in the South of England. All participants completed the Sport Motivational Scale II (Pelletier et al., 2013). SMS II scores selected participants high in autonomous (N=4) and controlled motivation (N=3). The second stage of the study required participants to complete a personal network analysis, which explored the structural changes in network composition and size. A semi structured interview examined player’s sources of social support in relation to how it influenced motivation towards football since selection for the club. Personal network analysis results showed intrinsically motivated participants to have networks higher in homophily. A thematic content analysis was used to explore emergent themes from the interviews. Three general dimensions were identified; pressure (controlled players), supportive climate in and outside of sport (autonomous players) and sacrifice (autonomous players). Interesting differences regarding the type of support offered to elite youth footballers was observed. Sport psychologists and coaches should be aware of the influence the outside world has on players’ motivation and performance which future research can explore.
Keywords: Mixed methods, self-determined motivation, social network analysis, thematic analysis, football, social support perceptions.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BSc (Hons.) Sport & Exercise Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2016 15:51
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 15:51
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1956

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