Developing a mental health research agenda for football referees

Paul Gorczynski*, Thomas Webb

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Abstract

The mental health of football referees at amateur and elite levels has received very little research attention, with the majority of mental health research focused on players. Unfortunately, such a shallow research pool has resulted in a deficit of knowledge which prevents not only the understanding of mental health symptoms and disorders in this population but also the creation of evidence-based interventions. As such, the purpose of this commentary is twofold: 1) to outline the importance of why an epidemiological understanding of mental health symptoms and disorders amongst referees is necessary and desperately needed, and 2) to discuss how such epidemiological research can be used to design, deliver, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based mental health interventions to football referees. We provide an overview of the behavioural epidemiology framework and how it may be used to guide and execute future research and intervention endeavours.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSoccer & Society
Early online date9 Jul 2021
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Publication statusEarly online - 9 Jul 2021

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