Kelly Remnant

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Jill Lassiter

Degree Award Date

Spring 2012


Group Counseling, depressive mood, athletic injury


Counseling Psychology | Sports Studies


This study examined whether group counseling can decrease depressive mood associated with injury in athletes with high athletic identity.

Subjects: Forty-nine collegiate student-athletes completed an Athletic Identity Measurement Scale (AIMS) survey. Nine met qualifications and completed the experiment .

Method: Subjects were randomly assigned to a control group and an experimental group which received group counseling. All subjects were read a hypothetical injury scenario then given the Beck's Depression Inventory survey (BDI).

Results: Depression was common after injury (33.0%). AIMS was a predictor of mood. Difference in mood based on counseling was not statistically significant (p>0.05).

Conclusions: Athletic identity influences injury-induced depression. This study did not indicate that group counseling diminishes the impact of AIMS on mood following injury. Sample size was a limiting factor.