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Examining negative emotional symptoms and psychological wellbeing of Australian sport officials

Carson, Fraser, Dynon, Natalie, Santoro, Joe and Kremer, Peter 2020, Examining negative emotional symptoms and psychological wellbeing of Australian sport officials, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 21, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17218265.


Title Examining negative emotional symptoms and psychological wellbeing of Australian sport officials
Author(s) Carson, FraserORCID iD for Carson, Fraser orcid.org/0000-0001-9720-8577
Dynon, Natalie
Santoro, Joe
Kremer, PeterORCID iD for Kremer, Peter orcid.org/0000-0003-2476-1958
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume number 17
Issue number 21
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-11-09
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) anxiety
control
depression
mental health
stress
workload
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
MENTAL-HEALTH
REFEREES
ANTECEDENTS
MOTIVATIONS
RETENTION
DASS-21
SAMPLE
Summary Sports officials are exposed to numerous performance and personal stressors, however little is known about their mental health and psychological wellbeing. This study investigated levels of mental health and psychological wellbeing of sports officials in Australia, and the demographic, officiating, and workplace factors associated with these outcomes. An online survey consisting of demographic and officiating questions, and measures of work engagement, mental health and psychological wellbeing was completed by 317 officials. A negative emotional symptoms score was computed. Associations between key demographic, officiating, and workplace factors with negative emotional symptoms and psychological wellbeing were assessed using univariate and multivariate analyses. Officials who were younger, not in a committed relationship, having lower levels of education, and less officiating experience reported higher levels of negative emotional symptoms, while males, older than 50 years, in a committed relationship and more officiating experience had higher levels of psychological wellbeing. The ability to self-manage workload and demonstrate professional autonomy were strongly associated with negative emotional symptoms and psychological wellbeing. Officials reported high negative emotional symptoms, but also high levels of psychological wellbeing. The ability to manage workload and to express professional autonomy are important determinants of mental health and wellbeing levels of sports officials.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17218265
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, the authors
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