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Relationship Perceptions between Coaches, Athletes, and Parents in Irish Underage Football

Mowlds, Jimmy (2021) Relationship Perceptions between Coaches, Athletes, and Parents in Irish Underage Football. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Underage football in Ireland has changed over the last few years. The emergence of League of Ireland (LOI) underage sections that compete in regionalised leagues have seen a shift in young boys and girls leave local leagues and play at a higher level designed to have the best players training and playing together and against one another. The relationships between the coaches, athletes, and parents in these new structures are key to this process being successful. This study examines the perceptions of the interpersonal relationships between coaches, athletes, and parents at this level using an 11 item measure. The Positive and Negative Processes Coaches, Athletes, and Parent’s questionnaire (PNPCAP) is a valid brief measure for assessing interpersonal relationships among coaches, athletes, and parents (CAP). 282 participants, 120 parents of players in the LOI Under 14 (N=27) Under 15 (N=27) Under 17 (N=42 male) Under 17 WNL (N=24 female), plus the athletes themselves from seven LOI clubs and 42 coaches operating at the higher levels of underage football agreed to take part in the study. Results indicated that coaches were less satisfied with the interpersonal relationships than either athletes or parents. Athletes also scored lower on negative group processes than parents, which indicates they are less satisfied with the interpersonal relationships. Future research is needed to examine these relationships, with the aim of providing interventions or adaptations to coach and parent education.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports > Soccer
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 11:06
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 15:22
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4956

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