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Relatedness support and the retention of young female golfers

Williams, N., Whipp, P.R.ORCID: 0000-0002-5895-2667, Jackson, B. and Dimmock, J.A. (2013) Relatedness support and the retention of young female golfers. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 25 (4). pp. 412-430.

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In this study, self-determination theory was used as a guiding framework to understand the putative role of relatedness support for retention in golf among young females. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews with 10 female participants (Mage = 21.40, SD = 3.13). Content analyses revealed 5 distinct factors that contributed to the provision of relatedness support: Parents, Peers, Coaches, Golf Club, and Institutional and Societal Support. Findings highlighted that retention of female golfers may be facilitated through promoting valued relationships with parents, peers, coaches, and golf clubs. Policies that decrease the perceived marginalization of female participants may also be perceived as a form of relatedness support and may promote retention within this cohort. This study underscores the importance of relatedness support for young women and identifies strategies that may help to improve female retention in sport.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
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