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Title: Effects of intervention upon precompetition state anxiety in elite junior tennis players: The relevance of the matching hypothesis
Authors: Terry, P;Coakley, L;Karageorghis, CI
Keywords: Adolescent;Anxiety;Cognitive therapy;Competitive behavior;Female;Humans;Imagination;Male;Practice (Psychology);Relaxation therapy;Tennis;Treatment outcome
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: Ammons Scientific
Description: Reproduced with permission of publisher from: Terry, P., Coakley, L., & Karageorghis, C. Effects of intervention upon precompetition state anxiety in elite junior tennis players: the relevance of the matching hypothesis. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1995, 81, 287-296. © Perceptual and Motor Skills 1995
The matching hypothesis proposes that interventions for anxiety should be matched to the modality in which anxiety is experienced. This study investigated the relevance of the matching hypothesis for anxiety interventions in tennis. Elite junior tennis players (N = 100; Age: M = 13.9 yr., SD = 1.8 yr.) completed the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2 before and after one of four randomly assigned intervention strategies approximately one hour prior to competition at a National Junior Championship. A two-factor multivariate analysis of variance (group x time) with repeated measures on the time factor gave no significant main effect by group but indicated significant reductions in somatic anxiety and cognitive anxiety and a significant increase in self-confidence following intervention. A significant group by time interaction emerged for self-confidence. The results question the need to match intervention strategy to the mode of anxiety experienced.
Other Identifiers: Perceptual and Motor Skills 81(1): 287-296, Aug 1995
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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