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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-51

Exploring collective efficacy sources in the experiences of elite handball players: A qualitative study

1 Faculty of Sport Sciences, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Urban Studies, Jahad Daneshgahi, Isfahan Branch, Isfahan, Iran

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Dr. Zohreh Meshkati
Faculty of Sport Sciences, Islamic Azad University Isfahan (Khorasgan), Isfahan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jepr.jepr_3_16

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AIM: The aim of the present study was to explore collective efficacy sources in the experiences of elite handball players of Iran national team. METHODS: A qualitative phenomenological design was adopted. The sample under investigation included the handball players of Iran national team in 2014 that were selected through purposive and snowball sampling technique. The participants were eight men and four women voluntarily took part in the study. To collect data, semi-structured interviews were used. RESULTS: The results of the study were divided into two main dimensions, namely, team's internal sources and team's external sources. The internal sources included reliable characteristics of the coach, in-team interactions, team's achievements, and team cohesion. The external sources included financial and psychosocial supports. CONCLUSION: The research findings were complementary and special to other studies. Thus, it is recommended that the researchers pay more attention to the issue of collective efficacy sources in national handball team.

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