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Acceptability and preliminary efficacy testing of a web-based coach development program addressing gender essentialism among coaches of adolescent girls

Goorevich, Anna; Boucher, Courtney; Schneider, Jekaterina; Silva-Breen, Hannah; Matheson, Emily L.; Tinoco, Aline; LaVoi, Nicole M.

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Anna Goorevich

Courtney Boucher

Jekaterina Schneider

Hannah Silva-Breen

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Dr Emily Matheson Emily.Matheson@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Research Fellow (Centre for Appearance Research)

Aline Tinoco

Nicole M. LaVoi



Abstract

Gender essentialism in coaching discourses often goes unnoticed by coaches yet promotes gender stereotypes. Currently, no coach development program addresses gender essentialism. This study tested the acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a novel web-based coaching intervention comprising seven self-led modules, aimed at reducing gender essentialism among coaches. A pilot randomized controlled trial was conducted with 102 coaches of adolescent girls across multiple sports. Coaches were randomized into the intervention condition (n = 54) or a waitlist control condition (n = 48). Both intervention and control group participants completed a baseline self-assessment prior. Intervention group participants undertook Coaching HER Foundation modules over 2 weeks and completed a postintervention self-assessment. Control group coaches completed the postintervention assessment without completing the Coaching HER Foundation modules. Based on the data, coaches found the intervention easy to follow, relevant, applicable, and enjoyable. Efficacy analyses illustrated the intervention group reported lower levels of gender essentialism at postintervention compared with the control group. Study results must be considered in relation to the small sample size and high attrition rate (72%). Study findings will inform intervention optimizations based on participant feedback, after which Coaching HER Foundation will be made freely available within a wider coach education and training framework.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 24, 2023
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2023
Deposit Date Sep 27, 2023
Publicly Available Date Sep 28, 2023
Journal International Sport Coaching Journal
Print ISSN 2328-918X
Electronic ISSN 2328-9198
Publisher Human Kinetics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1123/iscj.2023-0035
Keywords Health (social science)
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/11139917

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