Faye Didymus

Faye Didymus
Leeds Beckett University | LEEDS MET · Carnegie School of Sport

PhD Sport Psychology

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March 2013 - present
Leeds Beckett University
Position
  • Lecturer
February 2013 - June 2014
Leeds Beckett University
Position
  • Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology
September 2009 - January 2013
Loughborough University

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Publications (60)
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Abstract We explored sport performers' cognitive appraisals of organisational stressors. The relevant demands and transactional alternatives that athletes experience in relation to the situational properties were identified. Thirteen national standard swimmers completed semi-structured, interval-contingent daily diaries for a 28-day period. A combi...
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The aim of this study was to use the cognitive-motivational-relational theory (CMRT) of stress and emotions as a lens to explore psychological stress with Olympic and international level sports coaches. In particular, the study aimed to explore situational properties of stressors and coaches’ appraisals to address voids in the published literature....
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This study investigated transactional pathways between organizational stressors and their underpinning situational properties, appraisals, coping, perceived coping effectiveness (PCE) and performance satisfaction in athletes. Ten high-level field hockey players were interviewed. Data relating to stressors, situational properties, appraisals and cop...
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Objectives We assessed the effects of a cognitive-behavioral intervention on English field hockey players’ appraisals of organizational stressors, emotions, and performance satisfaction. Design A concurrent, across-participants, multiple-baseline, single-case research design with a three months post-intervention follow-up. Method Four high-level fe...
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Research on social support with sports coaches is limited, yet the benefits of social support on performance and well-being within other occupations have been widely reported. This study explored sports coaches’ social support resources over a six-week period to understand how social support resources may alleviate stressors. Longitudinal data were...
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In the research concerning rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) in sport and exercise, irrational beliefs are proposed as a risk factor for health. Concurrent to this, researchers have also indicated that autonomous and controlled motivation, as proposed in organismic integration theory could, together with irrational beliefs, could determine i...
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Research on organizational stress in sport has grown exponentially within the last two decades. Despite the volume of literature available, no systematic reviews exist to bring findings together in a single, rigorous point of reference. Filling this void helps researchers and practitioners to better understand organizational stress and its implicat...
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Objectives This study aimed to address voids in academic literature by exploring the consequences of performance expectations from the perspective of a retired athlete. Methodology An instrumental case study was used to capture the experiences of a retired female athlete who had been exposed to performance expectations throughout her career. Six c...
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Research attention has been directed toward coaches’ stressor experiences, yet less is known about the role of stress appraisals and psychological well-being (PWB). Considering the links between PWB, mental health, and retention in the coaching profession, this study will explore primary appraisals and PWB among sports coaches. Guided by our constr...
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Approximately 200,000 coaches cease coaching each year in the United Kingdom alone. The reasons for this dropout are not fully understood, but they could be linked to the stressful nature of coaching and the potential for this to impede health and psychological well-being (PWB). The aim of this meta-synthesis is to systematically search for and dra...
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Organizational stress continues to generate interest and research attention in sport psychology. This is largely because anecdotal and research evidence continues to highlight that the organizational environment in which sport performers, coaches, sport scientists, and other personnel operate is a breeding ground for experiencing stress. Although s...
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Despite a globally recognised need for inclusive diversity among sport workforces, women are underrepresented in the inherently stressful profession of sports coaching. This study aimed to work with women sports coaches to answer the following research questions: 1) What demographic and contract-related factors are associated with job stressors? 2)...
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The purpose of this study was to develop and preliminarily validate a questionnaire to examine barriers to coaching that are encountered by women sports coaches in South Africa. Two series of studies were conducted to assess content and face validity, factorial structure, and reliability of a new questionnaire. In study one, 40 items were developed...
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The purpose of this study was to assess the psychosocial work environment (PWE) of a sample of coaches in comparison with the reference values of the Spanish general workforce, as well as to explore the relationship between PWE and mental health, behavioral-stress symptoms, and burnout. A representative sample ( N = 1,481) of Spanish coaches (18.1%...
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Objectives The purpose of this study was to make an original contribution to sport psychology literature by offering a substantive grounded theory of dyadic coping in coach-athlete relationships. Specifically, this study aimed to capture the development and manifestation of dyadic coping for coaches and athletes operating in individual sports. Des...
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Objectives Despite a growing body of literature examining the social psychology of doping in sport, stressors and coping as potential doping risk and or protective factors have received scant attention. The aim of this study was to explore permitted and prohibited substances when coping with stressors among a sample of rugby players. Design Underp...
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Objectives Research on social support with sports coaches is limited, yet the benefits of social support within other occupations have been widely reported. This study explored sports coaches’ social network structures, the social support resources available to coaches, and the situations in which coaches use social support. Design Cross-sectional...
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Sport and exercise psychology practitioners tasked with service provision within any environment can decide which framework(s) they draw upon to inform their applied work. However, the similarities and differences between psychotherapeutic approaches are under represented in current literature. Therefore, this paper brings together practitioners fr...
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The current study investigated psychological stress among parents of competitive British tennis players. Adopting a multipart concurrent mixed method design, 135 British tennis parents completed a cross sectional online questionnaire to examine their primary appraisals, emotions, and coping strategies associated with self-disclosed stressors. Hiera...
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Coaching has been identified as a naturally stressful occupation and the dynamic nature of psychological stress could have an influence on an individual's psychological well being (PWB), which is an ongoing issue that could impact sports coaches (Fletcher & Scott, 2010). 1.5 million individuals engage in coaching in the UK every year; 3% in full t...
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The stressor and coping experiences of full-time and paid coaches have been reported in the literature, yet researchers have largely overlooked the experiences of part-time and voluntary coaches who make a substantial contribution to the coaching workforce. This study aimed to begin addressing these voids by exploring volunteer, part-time and full-...
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The purpose of this study was to understand how performance expectations conveyed within print and digital media manifest and how these expectations are reported at specific time points (i.e., before, during, and after a major sporting event). A total of 9,236 media reports were analysed using inductive content analysis, each of which made referenc...
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The aim of this series of studies was to develop and initially validate an instrument to assess stressors among South African sports coaches. In study one, a preliminary pool of 45 items was developed based on existing literature and an expert panel was employed to assess the content validity and applicability of these items. In study two, the 32 i...
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Objectives: Sports coaching can be an inherently stressful occupation because coaches must fulfill multiple roles and cope with various expectations. Further, stress and well-being have implications for coach performance. The objective of this study was, therefore, to conduct a systematic review of literature on stressors, coping, and well-being am...
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Background and objectives: Theories of dyadic coping and empirical literature have intermittently and inconsistently highlighted antecedents and outcomes of dyadic coping. The purpose of this review was to systematically identify the antecedents and outcomes of dyadic coping in close personal relationships. Design: A PRISMA-guided systematic review...
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This study investigated sport performers’ coping strategies in response to organizational stressors, examined the utility of Skinner, Edge, Altman, and Sherwood’s (2003) categorization of coping within a sport context, determined the short-term perceived effectiveness of the coping strategies used, and explored appraisal-coping associations. Thirte...
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On 20 September 2011, 500 individuals from 39 countries gathered in Waikiki, Hawaii, for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) annual five-day conference. The location of the conference provided attendees with a sensational view of the North Pacific Ocean and its beautiful surroundings; however, these settings did not detract from the...
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Sport psychology enthusiasts from around the globe gathered in Madeira, Portugal, for the 13th FEPSAC European Congress of Sport Psychology between 12–17 July, 2011. The congress theme ‘Sport and Exercise Psychology: Human Performance, Well-being and Health’ provided researchers with a forum to present their scientific research, whilst offering sup...
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Welcome to this, my last issue of the Newsletter of the Fédération Européenne de Psychologie des Sports et des Activités Corporelles (FEPSAC; European Federation of Sport Psychology). Firstly, both the 2011 FEPSAC Young Investigator Award Congress winners and a conference overview by a delegate from the country with more delegates than Madeira are...
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A garden can be a beautiful place; a haven for peace and tranquillity. Yet it can quickly turn into a mass of weeds and brambles if it is not adequately looked after. The mind is very similar; 'psychological gardening' is an analogy used here, which views the mind as a garden that should be nourished, cropped, and harvested to support ultimate func...
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Background: Choking in sport is defined as, “a process whereby the individual perceives that their resources are insufficient to meet the demands of the situation, and concludes with a significant drop in performance – a choke” (Hill, et al., 2009). It occurs as a result of attentional disturbances caused by heightened anxiety, yet the precise mech...

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The funded project will develop understanding of psychological well-being (PWB) in high-performance sport and will better understand the value and importance of having PWB at the heart of sport policy and practice.
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To explore the stressors and coping strategies encountered by sport coaches that affects their well-being.