Chapter 5. Action, Achievement and Relationships

  1. David Carless1 and
  2. Kitrina Douglas2

Published Online: 11 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324945.ch5

Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health

Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health

How to Cite

Carless, D. and Douglas, K. (2010) Action, Achievement and Relationships, in Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324945.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Carnegie Research Institute, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

  2. 2

    University of Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 11 JUN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405197854

Online ISBN: 9781444324945



  • Action, achievement and relationships;
  • three narrative types - action, achievement, relationship;
  • playing football - providing positive focus for thoughts;
  • sport and exercise activities - valued part of weekly or daily routine;
  • relationship narrative - sharing common thing;
  • social orientation - participants valuing opportunity to meet and make new friends;
  • sense of support, consideration - characteristic of relationship stories


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • An action narrative: ‘going places and doing stuff’

  • An achievement narrative: ‘that was way better than I ever thought I would have done’

  • A relationship narrative: ‘sharing a common thing’

  • Action, achievement and relationship stories and recovery

  • Key points

  • Implications