Coaches’ Mental Health Literacy and Role Perceptions for Supporting Young People’s Mental Health

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Title: Coaches’ Mental Health Literacy and Role Perceptions for Supporting Young People’s Mental Health
Authors: Duffy, JenniferRooney, BrendanMatthews, James
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12138
Date: 1-Jan-2021
Online since: 2021-05-05T14:22:41Z
Abstract: Coaches’ engagement in helping behaviors such as promotion, prevention, and early intervention may help to support young people’s mental health. The purpose of this study was to examine how coaches’ mental health literacy and role perceptions would relate to their engagement in these helping behaviors with young people in the sporting environment. Two hundred ninety-six Gaelic games coaches (M age = 41.96, SD = 9.78; 14% female) completed an online survey containing a self-report measure of mental health literacy relevant to depression, and measures examining role perceptions (i.e., role breadth and role efficacy) for and engagement in prevention, promotion, and early intervention. Results from three path analyses revealed that mental health literacy was not directly associated with any of the helping behaviors, but there were significant indirect effects of mental health literacy for promotion, prevention, and early intervention via role breadth and role efficacy. Enabling coaches to engage in these helping behaviors by developing their knowledge, competence, and beliefs that these actions are an expected part of the role may provide an alternative and informal source of initial support for young people. Lay summary: This study investigated coaches’ mental health literacy, their role perceptions, and how these factors may influence coaches’ engagement in behaviors that can support young people’s mental health. The results suggest that developing coaches’ knowledge, competence, and beliefs may enable them to engage in these helping behaviors within the sporting environment.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
Volume: 33
Issue: 1
Start page: 45
End page: 59
Copyright (published version): 2019
Keywords: Stigmatizing attitudesDepressionSports coachesMental health literacyMental health promotionSports
DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2019.1646840
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 1041-3200
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Research Collection

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