Consulting on tour: A dual multiple-phase personal-disclosure mutual-sharing intervention and group functioning in elite youth cricket

Jamie, B. Barker, Andrew, L. Evans, Coffee Pete, Matt, J. Slater, Paul, J. McCarthy

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Abstract

In a one group pretest-posttest design, 15 elite academy cricketers were exposed to two personal-disclosure mutual-sharing (PDMS) sessions during a preseason tour. Within PDMS1, athletes disclosed (via prepared speeches) relationship-oriented information and within PDMS2, mastery oriented information. Social identity, social identity content, and collective efficacy were measured at baseline (1 week before the tour), post-PDMS1,midpoint, and post-PDMS2, while social validation was also obtained after each intervention session. Quantitative data revealed significant increases in social identity and friendships identity content at post-PDMS1, and results identity content and collective efficacy at post-PDMS2. Qualitative social validation data highlighted the thoughts and feelings of the athletes before their speeches and supported the effectiveness of the PDMS sessions. In sum, the data suggest practitioners can develop team outcomes (e.g., a focus on results) through developing specific aspects of teams’ identities. Study limitations, practitioner guidelines, and areas for future
research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-197
Number of pages12
JournalSport Psychologist
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • team building
  • social identity
  • interventions

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