Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: "Getting together to play football" : a participatory action research study with the Positive Mental Attitude Sports Academy
Author: Pettican, Anna Rachel
ISNI:       0000 0004 7962 8051
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2019
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Please try the link below.
Access from Institution:
People with experience of mental distress have been identified as being less likely to participate in sport, in comparison to people in other groups characterised by an ongoing health or disability issue. Meanwhile, discourses about the positive effects of engaging in sport and physical activity dominate sport and health policy. Furthermore, there have been calls for alternative approaches to conventional mental health treatment, such as sport and physical activity, to be researched. Understanding how such participation might be best organised, to maximise engagement and the associated benefits, is currently poorly understood. This thesis is concerned with a collaborative study with the Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) Sports Academy, a community project that utilised football as a therapeutic tool to enable people with experience of mental distress to participate and achieve positive change. The study addressed the question: What is the nature and value of participation in the PMA Sports Academy from the perspectives of those that take part? A participatory action research methodology was utilised. The methods of data collection were collaborative and culturally in tune with participants' lives and values. Three World Café events involving 23 participants, and walking interviews involving nine participants, took place around the places and spaces associated with taking part in the PMA. Participants contributed to the data analysis. The main findings related to the complex nature and value of participation; the dark-side of participation; the importance of place and space; and the transformational potential of participation. The study extends understanding about how community projects might organise participation in sport for people with experience of mental distress, to maximise the benefits derived. This needs to include an appreciation of the need to manage tensions around inclusion and competition. The thesis also highlights the importance of researching with community projects to explore the experiences of marginalised groups.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Elizabeth Casson Trust ; Institute of Social Psychiatry ; Constance Owens Trust
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: GV557 Sport ; RA790 Mental Health