Stress and Mental Well-Being Experiences of Professional Football Coaches

Lee Baldock, Brendan Cropley, Rich Neil, Stephen Mellalieu

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The stress experiences and their impact upon the daily lives and mental well-being of English Premier League professional (soccer) football coaches were explored using an in-depth qualitative design. Eight participants were interviewed using a semistructured approach with thematic and causal network analysis revealing that (a) a range of contextually dependent demands were experienced and interpreted in relation to their situational properties; (b) many demands were appraised and emotionally responded to in a negative manner; (c) a range of coping strategies were adopted to cope with stress experiences, with many reported as ineffective; and (d) stress experiences often led to negative implications for their daily lives and eudaimonic and hedonic well-being. Positive adaptations to some demands experienced were reported and augmented perceptions of mental wellbeing. The findings of this study make a novel and significant contribution to understanding the interrelationships between the principal components of the stress process and the prospective links between stress and mental well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-122
Number of pages15
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • appraisal
  • coping
  • elite soccer coaches
  • eudaimonic well-being
  • hedonic well-being
  • stressors


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