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Autonomy, Coping Strategies and Psychological Well-Being in Young Professional Tennis Players

  • Alicia Elena Romero Carrasco (a1), Rolando Zapata Campbell (a2), Alejandra Letelier López (a3), Ixa López Poblete (a3) and Alexandre García-Mas (a4)...


This research aimed to analyze the role of Psychological Well-being factors in young professional tennis players, assigning special attention to their preferred coping strategies and perceived autonomy that specifically contribute to Psychological Well-being. The conceptual framework utilized for this study was Ryff’s Psychological Well-being multidimensional model in order to focus our understanding towards how environment demands of professional sport affect athletes Psychological Well-being. Participants were 155 male professional tennis players with a mean age of 14.61 (SD = 1.86) engaged in South American Tennis Federation tournaments. Instruments utilized were Psychological Well Being Scale EBP, Díaz et al., 2006, Sport Coping Approach Questionnary Spanish version, ACSQ-1 (Kim, Duda, Tomas, & Balaguer, 2003) and Sport Perceived Autonomy Scale, Spanish version (Balaguer, Castillo, & Duda, 2008). Our research revealed that the greater autonomy young athletes perceive while being engaged in professional sport was because of the coping strategies they utilized such as active planning, cognitive restructuring, emotional calmness and seeking of social support. Results confirmed also that the greater perceived autonomy was explaining athletes high levels of Psychological Well-being.


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*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Alicia E. Romero Carrasco. Facultad de Psicología. Universidad Diego Portales. Vergara. 275. 8370076. Santiago (Chile). E-mail:


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The authors gratefully acknowledge the participation of every tennis player in this study, and the assistance of psychologists and coaches. Part of this work was developed thanks to the sponsorship of the Unit of Investigation and Development of the Universidad Diego Portales de Chile.



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Autonomy, Coping Strategies and Psychological Well-Being in Young Professional Tennis Players

  • Alicia Elena Romero Carrasco (a1), Rolando Zapata Campbell (a2), Alejandra Letelier López (a3), Ixa López Poblete (a3) and Alexandre García-Mas (a4)...


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