A collective case study of parent-athlete-coach (PAC) triads in British youth tennis

Harwood, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-9862-824X, 2023. A collective case study of parent-athlete-coach (PAC) triads in British youth tennis. The Sport Psychologist. ISSN 0888-4781

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While important for athletic development and well-being in youth sport, knowledge remains limited around the processes underpinning triadic relationships between parents, athletes and coaches (PAC). This study aimed to examine the relational processes that drive the functioning of PAC triads across three developmental stages of youth tennis. Using a collective case study design, 10 players, 10 coaches, and nine mothers completed pre-interview tasks, semi-structured interviews, and provided conversational history. Reflexive thematic analysis led to the generation of two higher-order themes: foundations of relationship quality and factors enabling team effectiveness. Findings highlighted how specific relationship qualities (i.e., commitment, trust, respect, and parent-coach proximity) and team effectiveness constructs (i.e., shared goals, collaborative and adjusted roles, support, and role-specific communication) served to facilitate the tennis experience for triads. Scholars are encouraged to consider integrating small-group principles (e.g., team building) into tailored support programs that address the psychosocial needs of the triad.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Sport Psychologist
Creators: Harwood, C.
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Date: 1 December 2023
ISSN: 0888-4781
Rights: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from The Sport Psychologist, 2023, https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2023-0014. © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 08 Nov 2023 10:27
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2023 09:59
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/50318

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