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Team mums: team sport experiences of athletic mothers

Batey, Jo and Owton, Helen (2014). Team mums: team sport experiences of athletic mothers. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 22(1) pp. 30–36.

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Maintaining involvement in sport and exercise activities is a challenge for mothers with young children. This study therefore qualitatively explores the experiences of 7 mothers who have managed to remain physically active in team sports exploring how the team environment might meet their psychological needs. We analyse the results through Self-Determination Theory (SDT). Semi-structured interviews were thematically analysed to reveal the following themes: perceived benefits of sport, perceived benefits of being part of a team, needing time out from being a mother, social support and empowerment and self-determination. Feelings of competence, autonomy and relatedness were interwoven to these themes thus demonstrating the applicability of SDT to this domain.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
ISSN: 1938-1581
Keywords: athletic mothers; team sports; self-determination theory
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 42692
Depositing User: Helen Owton
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 09:24
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 00:14
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