Chapter 9. Social Support for Participation

  1. David Carless1 and
  2. Kitrina Douglas2

Published Online: 11 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324945.ch9

Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health

Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health

How to Cite

Carless, D. and Douglas, K. (2010) Social Support for Participation, in Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324945.ch9

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



  • social support for participation;
  • successful physical activity - dependent on number of ingredients;
  • social support - important factor in recovery;
  • provision of adequate social support - sustained participation requirement;
  • ways in which support helps individuals - motivational leadership;
  • informational support - first form of support;
  • personally relevant, accessible informational support


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Informational support

  • Tangible support

  • Esteem support

  • Emotional support

  • Reflections

  • Key points