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This special issue presents a compilation of qualitative and quantitative research articles and single-case-study methodology related to athletic performance and the promotion of overall well-being among youth participating in various levels and types of competitive sports. The issue features articles presenting data on parental influences and developmental considerations in elite youth sport participants; psychological qualities of and techniques used by young elite athletes; issues related to positive affect, negative affect, and burnout; and research on body image and performance-enhancing drug use among adolescent athletes. This special issue is essential reading for those professionals involved in youth sport research or interested in providing clinical sport psychology services to this important yet at times underserved population.
Experiences of Burnout Among Adolescent Female Gymnasts: Three Case Studies
Nicole G. Dubuc, Robert J. Schinke, Mark A. Eys, Randy Battochio, and Leonard Zaichkowsky
Mental Qualities and Employed Mental Techniques of Young Elite Team Sport Athletes
Mark J.G. Holland, Charlotte Woodcock, Jennifer Cumming, and Joan L. Duda
The Relationships Among Drive for Muscularity, Drive for Thinness, Doping Attitudes, and Doping Intentions in Adolescents
Arnaldo Zelli, Fabio Lucidi, and Luca Mallia
Using Goal Setting to Enhance Positive Affect Among Junior Multi-event Athletes
Paul J. McCarthy, Marc V. Jones, Chris G. Harwood, and Laura Davenport
How Parents Influence Junior Tennis Players’ Development: Qualitative Narratives
Larry Lauer, Daniel Gould, Nathan Roman, and Marguerite Pierce