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Title: The concept of rules in the coach-athlete relationship
Authors: Jowett, Sophia
Carpenter, Paul
Keywords: Relationship rules
Functional theory of rules
Interdependence theory
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: JOWETT, S. and CARPENTER, P., 2016. The concept of rules in the coach-athlete relationship. Sports Coaching Review, 4(1), pp. 1-23.
Abstract: This paper presents a study that aimed to explore the rules of the coach-athlete relationship. Using semi-structured interviews, data were obtained from a sample of British athletes (n = 15) and an independent sample of British coaches (n = 15). Content analysis was employed to analyse the data. Results indicated that athletes’ and coaches’ perceptions of relationship rules were corresponding. Rules appeared to guide the conduct of the “professional relationship” (e.g., by respecting one another) and the conduct of “business” (e.g., by being prepared to instruct and learn skills). The main functions of relationship rules were to minimise interpersonal conflict (e.g., arguments) and provide rewards (e.g., happiness). It was also evidenced that interpersonal dimensions that define the quality of the coach-athlete relationship served as rules that increased reward and reduced conflict.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sports Coaching Review on 07 Jan 2016, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2015.1106145
Sponsor: The research was supported by a Nuffield Foundation research grant.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2015.1106145
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25683
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21640629.2015.1106145
ISSN: 2164-0629
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