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Qualitative Analysis: Meaning and Motivation in Irish Recreational Tennis Players Aged 40 and Over

Vincekovic, Senka (2023) Qualitative Analysis: Meaning and Motivation in Irish Recreational Tennis Players Aged 40 and Over. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Background and Aims: The aim of this research was to explore meaning and motivation in recreational tennis players. Previous research has investigated similar topics, but little qualitative research has examined individuals over the age of 40 within an Irish context. Method: Qualitative research design, using phenomenology approach. All participants were Irish, recruited via convenience sampling (N = 5 male, N = 5 female), average participant age was 60 years (SD = 9.83, range = 42 - 77). Researchers conducted semi-structured online interviews with open-ended questions. The data were analyzed with adherence to Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six phases of thematic analysis. Findings: Four main themes were found: social interaction, physical and cognitive activity, personal growth and enjoyment. Conclusions: The findings suggest that tennis provides meaning to participants through its ability to enhance social connections, physical and mental well-being and overall life satisfaction. Motivation is influenced by various factors, including health and fitness, personal enjoyment, skill development, competition and social interaction. However, certain barriers such as injuries and time constraints may hinder participation. Recommendations for future research and strategies to promote tennis are also discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Kracen, Amanda
Uncontrolled Keywords: meaning; motivation; tennis participation; qualitative research; grounded theory; phenomenology; thematic analysis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Meaning (Psychology)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2024 17:47
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2024 17:47

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