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Associations Between Student‐Athletes’ Self‐Esteem and Career Adaptability Across the High School Years (2022)


Nikander, J. A., Aunola, K., Tolvanen, A., & Ryba, T. V. (2022). Associations Between Student‐Athletes’ Self‐Esteem and Career Adaptability Across the High School Years. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 32(4), 789-797. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.14114


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All authors or editorsNikander, Jaakko A.O.; Aunola, Kaisa; Tolvanen, Asko; Ryba, Tatiana V.

Journal or seriesScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports

ISSN0905-7188

eISSN1600-0838

Publication year2022

Publication date18/12/2021

Volume32

Issue number4

Pages range789-797

PublisherWiley-Blackwell

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1111/sms.14114

Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79336


Abstract

The key challenges in sustainable elite sports concern young athletes´ holistic development. Consequently, preparation for dual careers has been recommended to enhance athletes’ well-being and equip them for life after sports. The aim of this study was to examine the developmental associations between self-esteem and career adaptability among adolescent athletes across the high school years and investigate the role of gender in these developmental trajectories. A total of 391 student-athletes were followed up four times from the beginning of high school (T1) to its end (T4) using the Dual Career Form of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale and the Self-Esteem Questionnaire. The results indicated that individual differences in student-athletes’ self-esteem and career adaptability were relatively stable across the high school years and were thus modeled via the between-persons factors capturing differences between individuals across time. The results further showed that the overall levels of self-esteem and career adaptability were positively associated. Males showed higher overall levels of career adaptability and self-esteem than females. This study suggests that it is important to facilitate youth athletes’ self-regulation resources by involving them in vocational developmental tasks. Further, gender differences should be considered when supporting student-athletes’ development.


Keywordsyoung peopleathletesstudyprofessional sports careeradaptation (change)self-esteemmental well-beinggender differences

Free keywordsdual career; career adaptability; gender; self-esteem; well-being; adolescence


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Reporting Year2022

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