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Mental health in golf

Mental health in golf

Gorczynski, Paul ORCID: 0000-0001-8876-8935, Reardon, Claudia L. and Miller Aron, Cindy (2023) Mental health in golf. In: Hill, Denise, Barker, Jamie and Steptoe, Karl, (eds.) The Psychology of Golf Performance under Pressure. Routledge, New York, pp. 1-12. ISBN 978-1003299042 (doi:

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Elements of epidemiology related to mental health symptoms and disorders amongst elite golfers will be examined, along with their risk factors. The need for future rigorous research pertaining to mental health and well-being amongst golfers will be discussed, alongside suggestions for strategies that can prevent and address mental health symptoms and disorders in golfers. This chapter concludes with practical applications, rooted mostly in mental health literacy, for golfers, coaches, and parents. However, for elite golfers specifically, limited information is presently known regarding the prevalence of psychological distress and poor mental health. Most quantitative research that has explored the mental health of elite golfers also involved athletes from other individual and team sports within the sample, and therefore any findings must be inferred. Thus, any support mechanisms offered through a mental health literacy strategy would be informed by the mental health needs of the elite golfers.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health, golf
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2023 09:24

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