Sorkkila Matilda, Tohtorikoulutettava / Doctoral Student

Sorkkila Matilda, Tohtorikoulutettava / Doctoral Student
Short number:
KÄRKI Aa331.17.

The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

My doctoral thesis is part of the ongoing longitudinal Adolescent Dual Careers study in Finland (see Ryba, Aunola, Kalaja, Selänne, Ronkainen, & Nurmi, 2016), which examines the risk and resilience factors related to combining an athletic career with education. Although it has been acknowledged that high-level sport and upper secondary school can be pressuring for student-athletes, little research exist in which sport and school burnout were investigated simultaneously. The aim of my dissertation is on one hand to investigate the developmental trajectories of different burnout profiles based on sport and school burnout symptoms in adolescent student-athletes, and on another hand to examine how parental expectations and related factors predict the likelihood to show a certain kind of burnout profile. This research is important not only from the viewpoint of costs related to sport attrition and school drop outs, but also from the viewpoint of student-athletes’ wellbeing and psychological health. It is expected that the results will be meaningful while planning for interventions and psychosocial support for student-athletes at risk for burnout in upper secondary sport schools in order to facilitate healthy and sustainable dual careers.