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Creating the conditions for psychological safety and its impact on quality coach-athlete relationships

Overview of attention for article published in Psychology of Sport & Exercise, December 2022
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Title
Creating the conditions for psychological safety and its impact on quality coach-athlete relationships
Published in
Psychology of Sport & Exercise, December 2022
DOI 10.1016/j.psychsport.2022.102363
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Sophia Jowett, Jose Roberto Andrade Do Nascimento-Júnior, Chen Zhao, Jyoti Gosai

Abstract

In this study, we investigated the notion that giving voice to athletes is an important aspect to creating a psychologically safe environment which can then feed into maintaining good quality coach-athlete relationships where every athlete feels heard, valued, and connected. 379 athletes completed a multi-section questionnaire that assessed their (a) capacity to be open and manage conflict with their coaches, (b) perceptions of psychological safety within their team or group, and (c) perceptions of the coach-athlete relationship quality. Structural equation modelling revealed that openness and conflict management positively predicted psychological safety which, in turn, positively predicted coach-athlete relationship quality. Psychological safety was found to explain the association between athletes’ communication (i.e., capacity to be open, honest and transparent as well as manage interpersonal conflict effectively) and coach-athlete relationship quality regardless of athletes’ gender. These findings highlighted that if athletes have the capacity to have candid discussions and can navigate conflict with their coaches, then it is possible to feel psychologically safe and thus able to engage in risky interpersonal interactions (e.g., raise concerns, admit mistakes) within their group context without fear of intimidation and humiliation. Furthermore, it was revealed that such a psychologically safe group environment fostered athletes’ trust and respect, as well as commitment and cooperation with their coach. The discussion provides links to theory, research and practice.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 124 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 12 10%
Student > Master 8 6%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 6%
Other 3 2%
Lecturer 3 2%
Other 10 8%
Unknown 81 65%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 13 10%
Psychology 9 7%
Social Sciences 7 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 5 4%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 2 2%
Other 7 6%
Unknown 81 65%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 34. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 April 2024.
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#1,252,241
of 26,303,092 outputs
Outputs from Psychology of Sport & Exercise
#174
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Outputs of similar age
#27,432
of 497,646 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Psychology of Sport & Exercise
#6
of 65 outputs
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