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Coaching Experience in Charitable Cause-Based Endurance Training Programs

Title: The Coaching Experience in Charitable Cause-Based Endurance Training Programs: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective.
Name(s): Jeffery, Karin Ann, author
Becker, Betsy Jane, professor co-directing dissertation
Eklund, Robert C. (Robert Charles), professor co-directing dissertation
Kelley, Colleen M., university representative
Tenenbaum, Gershon, committee member
Almond, Russell G., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (91 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The purpose of this study was to examine the coaching experience in charitable cause-based endurance training programs, in which participants receive coaching to complete a marathon or similar endurance athletic event in return for raising funds for a charitable cause. In particular, the purpose of this study was to investigate the nature and extent of coach burnout in this setting, and their correlated factors. Male and female coaches (n = 150) from six different endurance sports participated in this study. Their average reported age was 50.94 years (SD = 10.01) and their average years of coaching in the charitable setting was 6.76 (SD = 4.77). They completed four questionnaires: a demographic questionnaire, the Areas of Worklife Survey (Leiter & Maslach, 1999), the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction scale (Deci & Ryan, 2000; Deci, Ryan, Gagné, Leone, Usunov, & Kornazheva, 2001), and the Maslach Burnout Inventory (Maslach, Jackson, & Leiter, 1996). Items in these last three questionnaires were modified, with permission, to more specifically reflect the charitable coaching setting. Path analyses indicated that basic needs played a relatively minor mediating role between worklife satisfaction and burnout, compared with the direct effects of both the AWS and BPN dimensions. In particular, BPN emerged as an important direct predictor of burnout rather than a mediator. This study was, to my knowledge, the first to examine the coaching experience in the charitable setting. It was also the first to present a model of the coaching experience that combined two separate lines of research: worklife satisfaction in relation to burnout, and the satisfaction of basic psychological needs as presented in self-determination theory. It is hoped that this model will have applications to coaching in other settings, as well as to other areas in sport and exercise psychology. In addition, this is one of the few studies to examine any aspect of the charitable cause-based endurance training phenomenon, despite the fact that this phenomenon has now been in existence for over 30 years, and has successfully induced millions of beginner athletes around the world to complete long-distance endurance events such as marathons. Therefore, this study helps to address a research gap regarding the success of these programs in motivating individuals to pursue large-scale fitness goals.
Identifier: FSU_2016SP_Jeffery_fsu_0071E_13014 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: December 2, 2015.
Keywords: basic psychological needs, burnout, charitable, coaching, endurance training, motivation
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Betsy J. Becker, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Robert C. Eklund, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Colleen Kelley, University Representative; Gershon Tenenbaum, Committee Member; Russell Almond, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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Host Institution: FSU

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Jeffery, K. A. (2015). The Coaching Experience in Charitable Cause-Based Endurance Training Programs: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective. Retrieved from