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Athlete Transition

Title: Athlete Transition: Effects of Coping on Self-Concept Clarity of NCAA Athletes.
Name(s): Cologgi, Kimberly A. (Kimberly Ann), author
Chow, Graig Michael, professor directing dissertation
Newman, Joshua I., 1976-, university representative
Tenenbaum, Gershon, committee member
Conway, P. (Paul), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems , degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (79 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Understanding athlete transition is a complex process which involves many subjective pieces. A review of previous literature on athletic career termination has shown that two of the most highly debated topics include athletes' specific reason for retirement (Cockerill 2004; Orlick & Sinclair 1993; Webb, Nasco, Riley, & Headrick 1998), and the coping techniques employed by athletes during their transition period (Coakley 1983; Grove, Lavallee, & Gordon, 1997; Lavallee 2005; Sinclair & Orlick, 1993; Reynolds 1981). The purpose of this study was to examine important components involved in retirement from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competitive athletics: self-concept clarity, athletic identity, willingness to retire, coping and overall life satisfaction. Self-concept clarity was conceptualized as the primary variable of focus because it tends to be internally consistent over time (Lodi-Smith & Roberts, 2010), and previous studies have shown that the effect of role exits and entries negatively predicts one's perceived self-concept clarity (Light & Visser, 2013). Participants were female (n=148) and male (n=89) former NCAA athletes from over 75 different Division I colleges and universities across the United States, ranging in age from 20 to 27 years old (M=22.47, SD=.837). They were to be no more than 12 months removed from their last NCAA game or practice, and the total number of months they were retired ranged from 1 to 12 months (M=7.77, SD= 2.1). Path analyses were used to determine which factors significantly contributed to self-concept clarity, and overall life satisfaction. Results revealed coping style, significantly mediated the relationship between athletic identity, willingness to retire, and self-concept clarity. Most importantly, emotion-focused coping lead to higher self-concept clarity for athletes during the transition process, and avoidance coping lead to a negative effect on athlete self-concept clarity.
Identifier: FSU_2017SP_Cologgi_fsu_0071E_13694 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: April 12, 2017.
Keywords: Athletics, Career Termination, Coping, NCAA, Retirement, Self-Concept
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Graig Chow, Professor Directing Dissertation; Joshua Newman, University Representative; Gershon Tenenbaum, Committee Member; Paul Conway, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Social psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Cologgi, K. A. (K. A. ). (2017). Athlete Transition: Effects of Coping on Self-Concept Clarity of NCAA Athletes. Retrieved from