PAST RESEARCH

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This early research investigated, through the lens of one of the most influential theories on stress (i.e., Hobfoll’s (1989) Conservation of Resources theory), resource-based mechanisms to manage academic–athletic role conflict and provide stress-coping strategies for student-athletes. This conceptual study, which has been published in Quest, served a critical purpose by proposing ways for athletes to manage their competing roles and enhance their well-being.

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This paper examined theoretical processes underlying career planning, given that pre-retirement planning was found to play a pivotal role in easing transition challenges. Through the recently developed career self-management model proposed by Lent and Brown (2013) and appended to the Social Cognitive Career Theory, we intended to examine the extent to which career-related cognitive factors, personality attributes, and environmental influences interplay, facilitate or impede student-athletes’ career planning for life after sport. Using a sample of 538 college athletes, we demonstrated satisfactory reliability and validity of our measurement model and reported direct, indirect, and moderating relationships of the cognitive, contextual, and personality variables with career planning. This work enabled us to determine key predictors shaping student-athletes’ self-direction in their career pursuits.

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