Dr. Jill Lassiter
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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.
Remnant, Kelly, "The Effects of Group Counseling on Mood in Injured Athletes" (2012). Honors Projects. 93.