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Women coaches' perceptions of their sport organizations' social environment: Supporting coaches' psychological needs?

Citation
Allen J & Shaw S (2009) Women coaches' perceptions of their sport organizations' social environment: Supporting coaches' psychological needs?, Sport Psychologist, 23 (3), pp. 346-366.

Abstract
Researchers have argued that coaches are performers in their own right and that their psychological needs should be considered (Giges, Petitpas, & Vernacchia, 2004; Gould, Greenleaf, Guinan, & Chung, 2002). The purpose of this research was to examine high performance women coaches’ perceptions of their sport organizations’ social context, with specific attention to psychological need support. Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985; Ryan & Deci, 2002) was employed to frame the examination of the coaches’ experiences. Eight high performance women coaches from two sport organizations participated in semistructured interviews. All reported autonomy and competence development opportunities. Organizational relatedness was critical to the experience of a supportive environment. The findings provide insight into the "world of coaching" from the coaches’ perspective.

StatusPublished
AuthorsAllen Justine, Shaw Sally
Publication date09/2009
URLhttp://journals.humankinetics.com/…ychologicalNeeds
PublisherHuman Kinetics Inc.
ISSN 0888-4781
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Sport Psychologist: Volume 23, Issue 3 (2009)

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