The Effects of the Winners for Life Book on At-Risk Participants in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

Click name to view affiliation

Robert WeinbergMiami University

Search for other papers by Robert Weinberg in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Robert NeffBrookhaven Community College

Search for other papers by Robert Neff in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
, and
Michael GarzaBrookhaven Community College

Search for other papers by Michael Garza in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Restricted access

Since psychology professionals have a moral and ethical responsibility to evaluate the effectiveness of different products and services aimed at improving psychological/physical well-being, development, and/or performance, the purpose of the present investigation was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Winners for Life book (and accompanying Parent Instructor Guide) on improving a variety of psychological factors for at-risk adolescents. Participants were 96 pairs from the Big Brothers/Little Brothers, Big Sisters/Little Sisters program. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: Winners for Life book, Winners for Life book plus instructor guide, or control group. Each group participated in a 12-week intervention program. Results revealed that both Winners for Life book conditions resulted in greater increases in self-esteem, self-perceived goal setting ability, optimism, and hope than the control condition, with the Winners for Life book plus instructor guide condition achieving the greatest improvements.

Robert Weinberg is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Miami University, Oxford, OH. E-mail: weinber@muohio.edu. Robert Neff and Michael Garza are with the Psychology Department at Brookhaven Community College in Dallas Texas.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1404 418 105
Full Text Views 2 1 0
PDF Downloads 2 0 0