StatusThe thesis was presented on the 11 November, 2022
Approved by NCAA on the 21 December, 2022
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Nicolescu Alexandra-Cristina, Reducing percieved stress in competition training for adolescent athletes
through relaxation techniques
PhD Thesis in Psychology. Chișinău, 2022
Structure of the thesis: The work consists of annotation, the list of abbreviations, introduction, three
chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, 230 bibliographic sources, 9 appendices, 162 pages of
text, 62 diagrams and 59 tables. The results are published in 11 scientific papers.
Keywords: stress, psychological intervention, relaxation techniques, anxiety, self esteem, performance, competition.
Field of study: adolescent psychology, sport psychology
The purpose of the research consists in the development, theoretical substantiation and experimental
valorization of a psychological intervention program through relaxation techniques to reduce the perceived
stress of adolescent athletes in the pre-competitive period.
The objectives of the research: Determining the theoretical-conceptual foundations regarding stress
and relaxation techniques of adolescent athletes during the pre-competitive training period; identifying the
psychological traits of athletes necessary to control stress and achieve sports performance; establishing the
levels and particularities of stress, anxiety and self-esteem manifestation in adolescent athletes, in the precompetitive
period; the conceptualization, implementation and experimental validation of the Psychological
Intervention Program through relaxation techniques to reduce the perceived stress of adolescent athletes in precompetitive
training; the development of scientific conclusions and recommendations regarding the
enhancement of sports performance and self-esteem by reducing stress and anxiety in adolescent athletes.
Novelty and scientific originality results from the design and implementation of theoretical
foundations regarding competitive stress and a psychological intervention program that creates real premises
for managing anxiety through relaxation techniques that reduce the perceived stress of adolescent athletes and
increase the adolescent athletes' self-esteem in a pre-competitive context. The research represents, at the
national level, one of the first psychological papers that offers a unified vision on the principles, conditions and
methods by describing the psychological characteristics of adolescent athletes, necessary for controlling stress,
achieving sports performance and making it possible to adopt the program in an effective strategy of selfmanagement
of pre-competitive stress.
The important scientific problem solved concerns the establishment of stress levels, the description
of the particularities of stress manifestation and the scientific substantiation of the Psychological Intervention
Program through relaxation techniques that led to the development of personal coping resources in the
management of the pre-competitive stress level.
The theoretical significance of the study consists in the interdisciplinary approach to the perceived
stress of adolescent athletes, the development and implementation of a unitary epistemic-empirical equation
with reference to relaxation techniques and their role in managing the level of perceived stress in the
competitive training of adolescent athletes. The results of the given research fall within the scope of the basic
objectives of contemporary psychological science, establishing a topical problem, and offering an original
method of solving it.
The practical value of the research derives from the research results that can be exploited in various
fields: stress research contributing to the expansion of the epistemological boundaries of the theory with
reference to the relaxation technique programs, the perceived stress, and their implementation strategies; in the
counseling activity of adolescent athletes, carried out at different levels of intervention; in the development of
support programs for children and young people in order to develop coping resources and control anxiety,
improving the level of self-esteem for professional training (initial and continuous) of psychologists.
Implementation of scientific results. The most important aspects of the work were analyzed and
published within the national and international scientific activities. The paper is recommended for completing
the university curriculum (psychology and educational sciences faculties) with applied continuous trainings
and seminars, university courses, in which the relevance of relaxation techniques in managing the perceived
level of stress and anxiety and increasing self-esteem among different groups of people will be addressed.
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