Predicting and preventing homesickness in residential athletes

Smith, Brendan J (2012). Predicting and preventing homesickness in residential athletes Master's Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Smith, Brendan J
Thesis Title Predicting and preventing homesickness in residential athletes
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-11-06
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Stephanie Hanrahan
Total pages 76
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Leaving home or transition to another environment is a part of every individual’s personal growth and is often considered to be a significant developmental milestone. Research has identified the distress that individuals experience with this transition as homesickness. Elite sporting institutions, such as the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), have recognised that problems associated with homesickness appear to be a predominate cause of poor well-being and dropout amongst athletes living in a national sports institute. This research aims to investigate if individual personality traits and coping styles can predict levels of homesickness in these athletes, as well as test whether a brief homesickness intervention can significantly decrease the symptomatology of homesickness. The results of this study indicated that neuroticism, self-esteem, and mental escape are significant predictors of homesickness. Furthermore, there is no effect of the intervention on homesickness. These results suggest that athletes who are vulnerable to homesickness can be identified prior to the commencement of their sporting scholarship so that they can be treated appropriately to prevent or decrease the associated distress whilst living away from home.
Keyword Homesickness
Residential athletes

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