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Upplevda utmaningar och copingstrategier hos före detta RIG-studenter: En retrospektiv longitudinell studie
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Dual career challenges and coping strategies throughout the RIG-years : A retrospective longitudinal study of Swedish student-athletes (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med studien var att undersöka upplevelser av utmaningar och copingstrategier hos före detta RIG-studenter i Sverige. Deltagarna i studien utgjordes av sju personer, fyra kvinnor och tre män, i åldrarna 22–31 (M=25.1, SD=3.1). För att undersöka syftet tillämpades en semistrukturerad intervjuguide, med utgångspunkt i den holistiska karriärsutvecklingsmodellen (Wylleman, Reints & De Knop, 2013). Frågor om idrott, skola, privatliv och kombination av alla tre faktorer var centrala. Resultatet i studien visade att den största utmaningen under det första året var att anpassa sig till en ny miljö, under det andra året var den övergripande utmaningen att hantera högre idrottslig och akademisk nivå och tidshantering och under det tredje året handlade utmaningen om att hantera ytterligare idrottslig nivåökning och vad deltagarna skulle göra i framtiden, efter gymnasiet. De viktigaste faktorerna som uppmärksammades av deltagarna var svårigheten att lägga ner tillräckligt med tid till idrotten, skolan och privatlivet, hantera skada samt att få tid till personliga aktiviteter och återhämtning. Resultatet visade även att den viktigaste copingstrategin var socialt stöd från familj, vänner och tränare, i form av instrumentellt och emotionellt stöd. Även personliga resurser, som till exempel självdisciplin, självreglering, planering och stresstålighet ansågs vara viktiga copingstrategier. Baserat på resultatet i föreliggande studie rekommenderas att tränare, lärare och föräldrar får bättre förståelse om livet som RIG-studenter så att dubbla karriärer normaliseras i samhället.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study was to investigate the experiences of challenges and coping strategies among former student-athletes who had studied at different RIG’s in Sweden. Seven participants, four women and three men, in the ages between 22–31 (M=25.1, SD=3.1) took part in the study. To investigate the purpose, a semi-structured interview guide was applied, based on the holistic athletic career model (Wylleman et al., 2013). Questions about sport, studies, private life and a combination of all three factors were central. The result showed that the biggest challenge during the first year was adapting to a new environment, the hardest challenge overall during the second year consisted of dealing with a higher athletic and academic level as well as time management and the most important challenge during the third year was dealing with even higher athletic levels and dealing with the future, what would happen after RIG. The factors that were mentioned the most were the difficulty to dedicate enough time to the sport, the studies and the private life, dealing with injuries, as well as making time for personal activities and recovery. The study also showed that the most important coping strategy consisted of social support from family, friends and coaches, in terms of instrumental and emotional support. Even personal resources, for example self-discipline, self-regulation, planning and stress management were important coping strategies. Based on the result of the present study, it is recommended that coaches, teachers and parents get a better understanding of the life as a RIG-student, in order to normalize the concept of dual careers in society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 31
Keywords [en]
Challenges, Coping strategies, Dual careers, RIG, Student-athletes
Keywords [sv]
Copingstrategier, Dubbla karriärer, Idrottsstudenter, RIG, Utmaningar
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39293OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-39293DiVA, id: diva2:1307954
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Sport Science - Sport and Exercise Psychology, 180 credits
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Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-04-29 Last updated: 2019-05-21Bibliographically approved

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