Life satisfaction, depression & perceived stress in GAA inter-county and club players

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Lee, Cillian
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study investigated variables which may be impacting on GAA players mental health. The main aim of this study was to examine how these variables can impact on GAA players mental health while they try to perform week in week out for games and training. The sample of this study focused on male GAA players who play both inter-county and club. They were examined on three scales, the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) and the Depression sub-scale of the Depression and Anxiety Stress scale (DASS). All data was collected quantitatively through an online google document and the data was collected over a period of one month. The main findings of this study were that college students experience stronger feelings of depression compared to older individuals who are in full time employment. The main conclusions drawn from this study is that the GAA organisation needs to support its members and implement policies which will counteract the impact of these variables.