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Author Brand, Ralf ♦ Wolff, Wanja ♦ Hoyer, Jürgen
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer US
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2012
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Philosophy & psychology ♦ Psychology
Subject Keyword School ♦ Mental health ♦ Mental disorders ♦ Competitive sport ♦ Forced drop-out ♦ Child and School Psychology ♦ Psychology ♦ Clinical Psychology ♦ Developmental Psychology
Abstract Stress-levels experienced by school-aged elite athletes are pronounced, but data on their mental health status are widely lacking. In our study, we examined self-reported psychological symptoms and chronic mood. Data from a representative sample of 866 elite student-athletes (aged 12–15 years), enrolled in high-performance sport programming in German Elite Schools of Sport, were compared with data from 80 student-athletes from the same schools who have just been deselected from elite sport promotion, and from 432 age- and sex-matched non-sport students from regular schools (without such programming). Anxiety symptoms were least prevalent in female elite student-athletes. In male elite student-athletes, only symptoms of posttraumatic stress were less prevalent than in the other groups. Somatoform symptoms were generally more frequent in athletes, a trend that was significantly pronounced in deselected athletes. Deselected athletes showed an increased risk for psychological symptoms compared with both other groups. Regarding chronic mood, again deselected athletes showed less positive scores. While there was a trend toward high-performance sport being associated with better psychological health at least in girls, preventative programs should take into account that deselection from elite sport programming may be associated with specific risks for mental disorders.
ISSN 18662625
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2012-11-27
Publisher Place Boston
e-ISSN 18662633
Journal School Mental Health
Volume Number 5
Issue Number 3
Page Count 9
Starting Page 166
Ending Page 174


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