Design: An Interpretive Descriptive (ID) design was used to generate important grounded knowledge that is relevant to applied practice contexts. Specifically, the goal of using ID as a research design was to create a sense-making structure for the eccentricities and variations that occur in the real world of sport psychology application.
Methods: The current study was conducted by a BPS DSEP working group and consisted of two phases: Firstly, group members participated in two focus groups (n = 6). Secondly, in-depth interviews were conducted with BASES or BPS accredited sport psychologists who had extensive knowledge and experience of working closely with young athletes during childhood, early-adolescence, and/or mid-to-late adolescence (n = 10). Audio recordings were transcribed professionally and analysed using reflexive thematic analysis.
Results: Four themes were generated from the analytical process: Guiding philosophy and eclectic approaches, connecting with and understanding young athletes, psychological skill adaptation and integration, and indirect interventions within the wider system.
Conclusions: The current study offers unique and detailed insights regarding the consultancy process when working with young athletes. Such insights are crucial for neophyte sport psychologists in order to promote evidence-based developmentally appropriate practice within this area.
|Title of host publication||British Psychological Society, Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology Annual Conference|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 15 Aug 2021|