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    The Effects of a Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) Group Counselling Program on Competitive Anxiety in Turkish Student-Athletes

    Kara, Ergün, TÜRKÜM, Ayşe Sibel and Turner, Martin ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1975-5561 (2023) The Effects of a Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) Group Counselling Program on Competitive Anxiety in Turkish Student-Athletes. Journal of Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavior Therapy. ISSN 0894-9085

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to develop a Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) based group counselling program for athletes, and then to experimentally test the effects of the program on the competitive anxiety and irrational beliefs of non-western student-athletes. The effects of the REBT based program was examined using a 2 × 2 controlled quasi-experimental group design. 22 student-athletes participated in the study (11 in the experimental group and 11 in the control group). The Sport Anxiety Scale-2 was used to assess athlete competitive anxiety. To test the effects of program, descriptive statistics were calculated, and Bayesian repeated-measures ANOVA were conducted. Thematic analysis is used to analyse qualitative data. Data revealed significant decreases from pre- to post- in irrational beliefs and competitive anxiety in the REBT group compared to the control group. The findings indicated a positive effect of the REBT based program on the student-athletes’ competitive anxiety levels.

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