Elite adolescent soccer players may represent one athletic population that is vulnerable to developing psychological distress following deselection. This study examined the proportion of players experiencing clinical levels of psychological distress following selection procedures and whether player status (i.e., deselected vs. retained) had a significant effect on psychological distress. Data was collected from 91 players who completed the General Health Questionnaire -12 at three time points: 7–14 days before selection procedures, 7 days after and 21 days after. Although outcomes were heterogeneous, a sizable proportion of deselected players were found to experience clinical levels of psychological distress. A factorial ANOVA (p < .001) found that deselected players experienced higher levels of psychological distress than retained players at postselection time points. The research provides evidence that some deselected players are “at risk” of developing clinical levels of psychological distress. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.
David J. Blakelock, Mark A. Chen, and Tim Prescott
Johanna Belz, Jens Kleinert, Jeannine Ohlert, Thea Rau, and Marc Allroggen
% Not reported NCAA Division I athletes Football USA Gouttebarge et al. ( 2015 ) N = 149 (M) GHQ-12 (depression/anxiety cut-off ≥2) 26% 27.00 ( SD = 5.00) Current professional football players/members of the FIFPro and national players’ unions Football France Gulliver et al. ( 2015 ) N = 224 (M: 106
Susana Carrapatoso, Greet Cardon, Delfien Van Dyck, Joana Carvalho, and Freja Gheysen
.630] participation in group activities 2.006 (0.303) [1.411, 2.601] closeness from family and friends 3.314 (0.612) [2.112, 4.515] concern and interest from people around 3.893 (0.454) [3.004, 4.783] practical help from neighbors 2.983 (0.444) [2.112, 3.854] GHQ-12—psychological distress appreciation for
Michael J. Panza, Scott Graupensperger, Jennifer P. Agans, Isabelle Doré, Stewart A. Vella, and Michael Blair Evans
responses. Participants who answered “always,” “often,” and “about half the time” were categorized as being adequate PA; those who answered “rarely” or “never” were without adequate PA. No guiding theory Anxiety and depressive symptoms GHQ-12 Core findings: GHQ-12 score was significantly