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Evaluation of an online educational tool designed to reduce stress and boost well-being for people living with an ileostomy : a framework analysis (2017)
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Spiers, J., Nicholls, A., & Simpson, P. (2017). Evaluation of an online educational tool designed to reduce stress and boost well-being for people living with an ileostomy : a framework analysis. International journal of applied psychology, 7(1), 10-18. https://doi.org/10.5923/j.ijap.20170701.02

Ileostomies, in which the small intestine is re-directed out of a stoma in the stomach so that waste is collected using a bag, are using to treat conditions such as bowel cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Previous research has shown that life wi... Read More about Evaluation of an online educational tool designed to reduce stress and boost well-being for people living with an ileostomy : a framework analysis.

Children’s first experience of taking anabolic-androgenic steroids can occur before their 10th birthday: a systematic review identifying 9 factors that predict doping among young people (2017)
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Nicholls, A. R., Bailey, R., Theodorou, N. C., Andrés, M. P., Kristensen, A. H., Thompson, M. A., …Thompson, M. (2017). Children’s first experience of taking anabolic-androgenic steroids can occur before their 10th birthday: a systematic review identifying 9 factors that predict doping among young people. Frontiers in psychology Frontiers Research Foundation, 8(JUN), https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01015

Taking performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) can cause serious and irreversible health consequences, which can ultimately lead to premature death. Some young people may take PEDs without fully understanding the ramifications of their actions or based on... Read More about Children’s first experience of taking anabolic-androgenic steroids can occur before their 10th birthday: a systematic review identifying 9 factors that predict doping among young people.

An online educational tool to promote psychological well-being, optimism, and coping self-efficacy among people living with an ileostomy : a pilot study (2016)
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Nicholls, A., Spiers, J., & Simpson, P. (2016). An online educational tool to promote psychological well-being, optimism, and coping self-efficacy among people living with an ileostomy : a pilot study. International journal of applied psychology, 6(5), 156-161. https://doi.org/10.5923/j.ijap.20160605.04

We assessed an online educational tool designed for people living with an ileostomy. Thirty-nine participants took part in a 10-week online educational tool, which included elements such as happiness profiling, understanding stress and coping, utilis... Read More about An online educational tool to promote psychological well-being, optimism, and coping self-efficacy among people living with an ileostomy : a pilot study.

The treatment experiences of people living with ileostomies: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (2016)
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Spiers, J., Smith, J. A., Simpson, P., & Nicholls, A. R. (2016). The treatment experiences of people living with ileostomies: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of advanced nursing, 72(11), 2662-2671. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13018

Aims To explore treatment and healthcare experiences of people living with ileostomies, so nurses can build on best practice whilst caring for these patients. Background Ileostomies, in which the small intestine is re-directed out of a stoma in the a... Read More about The treatment experiences of people living with ileostomies: an interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Mentally tough athletes are more aware of unsupportive coaching behaviours: Perceptions of coach behaviour, motivational climate, and mental toughness in sport (2016)
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Nicholls, A. R., Perry, J. L., & Morley, D. (2016). Mentally tough athletes are more aware of unsupportive coaching behaviours: Perceptions of coach behaviour, motivational climate, and mental toughness in sport. International journal of sports science & coaching, 11(2), 172-181. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954116636714

In this study we tested an a priori model that included coach behaviour, motivational climate, and mental toughness among 290 athletes. Structural equation modelling demonstrated that supportive coach behaviours were related to a task-involving clima... Read More about Mentally tough athletes are more aware of unsupportive coaching behaviours: Perceptions of coach behaviour, motivational climate, and mental toughness in sport.

The model of motivational dynamics in sport : resistance to peer influence, behavioral engagement and disaffection, dispositional coping, and resilience (2016)
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Nicholls, A., Morley, D., & Perry, J. (2016). The model of motivational dynamics in sport : resistance to peer influence, behavioral engagement and disaffection, dispositional coping, and resilience. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 2010-1-2010-9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02010

The Model of Motivational Dynamics (MMD; Skinner and Pitzer, 2012) infers that peers influence behavioral engagement levels, which in turn is linked to coping and resilience. Scholars, however, are yet to test the MMD among an athletic population. Th... Read More about The model of motivational dynamics in sport : resistance to peer influence, behavioral engagement and disaffection, dispositional coping, and resilience.

Sources of sport confidence, imagery type and performance among competitive athletes: The mediating role of sports confidence (2015)
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Levy, A. R., Perry, J., Nicholls, A. R., Larkin, D., & Davies, J. (2015). Sources of sport confidence, imagery type and performance among competitive athletes: The mediating role of sports confidence. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 55(7-8), 835-844

Aim: This study explored the mediating role of sport confidence upon (1) sources of sport confidence-performance relationship and (2) imagery-performance relationship. Methods: Participants were 157 competitive athletes who completed state measures o... Read More about Sources of sport confidence, imagery type and performance among competitive athletes: The mediating role of sports confidence.

The road to London 2012: the lived stressor, emotion, and coping experiences of gymnasts preparing for and competing at the world championships (2015)
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Nicholls, A. R., & Levy, A. R. (2016). The road to London 2012: the lived stressor, emotion, and coping experiences of gymnasts preparing for and competing at the world championships. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 14(3), 255-267. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2015.1020664

The purpose of this study was to explore the lived stressors, emotions, and coping experiences of four international gymnasts. A variety of recurring stressors were reported by the gymnasts, such as performing poorly in training, expectations from ot... Read More about The road to London 2012: the lived stressor, emotion, and coping experiences of gymnasts preparing for and competing at the world championships.

Coach perceptions of performance enhancement in adolescence: The sport drug control model for adolescent athletes (2014)
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Nicholls, A. R., Perry, J. L., Thompson, M. A., Baghurst, T., Jones, L., Levy, A. R., …Sanctuary, C. (2014). Coach perceptions of performance enhancement in adolescence: The sport drug control model for adolescent athletes. Performance enhancement & health, 3(2), 93-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.peh.2015.07.001

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Aim: We qualitatively explored the Sport Drug Control Model (SDCM; Donovan, Eggar, Kapernick, & Mendoza, 2002), in order to examine coaches' perceptions of adolescent athletes' attitudes and susceptibility towards doping. Metho... Read More about Coach perceptions of performance enhancement in adolescence: The sport drug control model for adolescent athletes.

Coaching the coaches: Coping effectiveness training for super league academy managers (2014)
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Nicholls, A. R. (2014). Coaching the coaches: Coping effectiveness training for super league academy managers. Journal of sport psychology in action, 5(2), 102-116. https://doi.org/10.1080/21520704.2014.911229

Playing sport at any level can be stressful, especially for high-level adolescent rugby league players who are hoping to forge a career in their sport. These athletes could potentially experience stressors of playing for their academy side, loan team... Read More about Coaching the coaches: Coping effectiveness training for super league academy managers.

Dispositional coping, coping effectiveness, and cognitive social maturity among adolescent athletes (2013)
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Nicholls, A. R., Perry, J. L., Jones, L., Morley, D., & Carson, F. (2013). Dispositional coping, coping effectiveness, and cognitive social maturity among adolescent athletes. Journal of sport & exercise psychology, 35(3), 229-238. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.35.3.229

It is accepted among scholars that coping changes as people mature during adolescence, but little is known about the relationship between maturity and coping. The purpose of this paper was to assess a model, which included dispositional coping, copin... Read More about Dispositional coping, coping effectiveness, and cognitive social maturity among adolescent athletes.

Factorial validity of the Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48 (2012)
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Perry, J. L., Clough, P. J., Crust, L., Earle, K., & Nicholls, A. R. (2013). Factorial validity of the Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48. Personality and individual differences, 54(5), 587-592. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.11.020

The purpose of this study was to assess the factorial validity of the Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48 (Clough, Earle, & Sewell, 2002). In total, 8207 participants (male n= 4019, female n= 3922, unspecified = 266) aged between 16 and 68. years (M=... Read More about Factorial validity of the Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48.

Gender differences in stress, appraisal, and coping during golf putting (2012)
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Kaiseler, M., Polman, R. C., & Nicholls, A. R. (2012). Gender differences in stress, appraisal, and coping during golf putting. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 11(3), 258-272. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197x.2013.749004

Gender differences in coping in sport have received increased attention, but cross-sectional and retrospective designs of studies have provided equivocal results and limited conclusions in the area. To address this gap, two studies were conducted inv... Read More about Gender differences in stress, appraisal, and coping during golf putting.

Gender differences in appraisal and coping: an examination of the situational and dispositional hypothesis (2012)
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Polman, R., & Nicholls, A. (2012). Gender differences in appraisal and coping: an examination of the situational and dispositional hypothesis. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 43(1), 41640

Gender differences in coping in sport have received increased attention, but cross-sectional and retrospective designs of studies have provided equivocal results and limited conclusions in the area. To address this gap, two studies were conducted inv... Read More about Gender differences in appraisal and coping: an examination of the situational and dispositional hypothesis.

A path analysis of stress appraisals, emotions, coping, and performance satisfaction among athletes (2011)
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Nicholls, A. R., Levy, A. R., & Polman, R. C. J. (2012). A path analysis of stress appraisals, emotions, coping, and performance satisfaction among athletes. Psychology of sport and exercise, 13(3), 263-270. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.12.003

Objectives In this study we examined athletes’ stress appraisals, emotions, coping, and performance satisfaction ratings using a path analysis model. This is the first study to explore all of these constructs in a single study and provides a more hol... Read More about A path analysis of stress appraisals, emotions, coping, and performance satisfaction among athletes.

Effects of the Big Five personality dimensions on appraisal coping, and coping effectiveness in sport (2011)
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Kaiseler, M., Polman, R. C. J., & Nicholls, A. R. (2012). Effects of the Big Five personality dimensions on appraisal coping, and coping effectiveness in sport. European journal of sport science : the official journal of the European College of Sport Science, 12(1), 62-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2010.551410

In this study, we examined the influence of the Big Five personality dimensions (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Openness to Experience) on the appraisal (intensity, control) of a self-selected stressor, coping, and p... Read More about Effects of the Big Five personality dimensions on appraisal coping, and coping effectiveness in sport.

The effects of a coping intervention on coping self-efficacy, coping effectiveness, and subjective performance among adolescent soccer players (2011)
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Reeves, C. W., Nicholls, A. R., & McKenna, J. (2011). The effects of a coping intervention on coping self-efficacy, coping effectiveness, and subjective performance among adolescent soccer players. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9(2), 126-142. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197x.2011.567104

This study examined the effects of a coping effectiveness training for adolescent soccer players (CETASP) intervention on coping self-efficacy (CSE), coping effectiveness (CE), and subjective performance. The participants were five male soccer player... Read More about The effects of a coping intervention on coping self-efficacy, coping effectiveness, and subjective performance among adolescent soccer players.

An exploration of the two-factor schematization of relation meaning and emotions among professional rugby union players (2011)
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Nicholls, A. R., Levy, A. R., Jones, L., Rengamani, M., & Polman, R. C. (2011). An exploration of the two-factor schematization of relation meaning and emotions among professional rugby union players. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9(1), 78-91. https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197x.2011.563128

The aim of this paper was to explore Lazarus's two-factor schematization of losses and gains and the emotions generated in response to loss (threat and harm) and gain (challenge and benefit) relational meanings. Participants were 10 professional rugb... Read More about An exploration of the two-factor schematization of relation meaning and emotions among professional rugby union players.

Longitudinal analyses of stressors, perceived control, coping, and coping effectiveness among early and middle adolescent soccer players (2011)
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Reeves, C. W., Nicholls, A. R., & Mckenna, J. (2011). Longitudinal analyses of stressors, perceived control, coping, and coping effectiveness among early and middle adolescent soccer players. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 42(2), 186-203

This longitudinal study compared stressors, perceived stressor control, coping strategies, and coping effectiveness among early and middle adolescent soccer players, across a competitive season. Fifty academy soccer players completed at least one boo... Read More about Longitudinal analyses of stressors, perceived control, coping, and coping effectiveness among early and middle adolescent soccer players.

Type D personality, stress, and symptoms of burnout: The influence of avoidance coping and social support (2010)
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Polman, R., Borkoles, E., & Nicholls, A. R. (2010). Type D personality, stress, and symptoms of burnout: The influence of avoidance coping and social support. British Journal of Health Psychology, 15(3), 681-696. https://doi.org/10.1348/135910709X479069

Objective. This study investigated whether approach coping, avoidance coping, or perceptions of available social support mediated the relationship between Type D personality and perceived stress. Furthermore, this research also examined whether Type... Read More about Type D personality, stress, and symptoms of burnout: The influence of avoidance coping and social support.