Unleash the Warrior in You: A Mixed Method Study on the Psychological Well Being of UE Student Athletes

Abstract

Psychological well – being is a balanced, well – integrated, and harmonious interplay between six facets of the self which includes positive relationships, personal mastery, autonomy, meaning in life, personal growth, and development. The researchers’ convergent parallel mixed method study focused on exploring the psychological well-being of UE student athletes which aims to help them understand their well-being as a relevant factor in influencing their ability to cope with the rigors of collegiate sports competition and their academic requirements. One hundred ninety-one (191) student athletes participated in the quantitative phase of the study. Psychological Well-Being Scale by Carol Ryff was utilized to profile the student athletes’ well-being. For qualitative phase, fifteen (15) sessions of semi-structured interviews and focused group discussions were conducted to identify the participants’ issues and concerns. Results reveal that conflict arise from pressure of expectations to deliver in win - loss record for various sports track despite personal dilemma and management concerns. Very low Autonomy is linked with personal dilemma such as academic issues (low academic autonomy) and management concerns. Low average self – acceptance also indicates the student athletes’ feeling of dissatisfaction with oneself. As a way to cope with very low autonomy and low average self-acceptance, student athletes have redefined victory by de-emphasizing defeats and focusing on giving their all-out effort. In order to aid in the enhancement of the UE student athletes’ psychological well-being, a psychosocial support program is proposed to be conducted in a facility for Sports Psychology unit.



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Jemabel Sidayen, University of the East, Philippines
Frederick Fabellon, University of the East, Philippines

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Conference: ACP2020
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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