Predicting Athlete Mental Health Stigma Using The Theory of Reasoned Action Framework

Gavin Breslin, Stephen Shannon, Kyle Ferguson, Shauna Devlin, Tandy Haughey, Gerry Prentice

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Abstract

Recent evidence suggests that attempts to tackle mental health stigma in athletes should include psychological theory to understand the competitive sport environment. Using the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA), the aim was to determine what demographic and psychological factors predicted mental health stigma among athletes. Athletes (n = 471) completed a questionnaire, and a multiple linear regression analyses was conducted, specifying demographic (e.g., gender), psychological (e.g., norms) and moderating variables (e.g., sport type) as predictors of stigma-related intentions to socialise with individuals who are living with a mental health condition. TRA models explained a significant amount of variance for intentions, in which knowledge about and exposure to individuals with mental health conditions significantly predicted better intentions. Further, athletes competing in team sports, particularly females, had stronger intentions. This was the first study to explore mental health stigma using the TRA. Findings can inform the development of mental health awareness programs for athletes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-115
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Sport Psychology
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Well-being
  • resilience
  • exercise
  • behaviour change
  • health
  • sport

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