The dark side of flow: a qualitative study of dependence in big wave surfing.
Partington, Sarah; Partington, Elizabeth; Olivier, Steve
Flow has been described within sport psychology as an optimal state underpinning peak performance. However, the consequences of experiencing flow may not always be beneficial. One negative consequence might be that of contributing to dependence on the activity that interacts with, or is associated with, the flow experience. This study explored the dichotomous consequences of flow, using case studies of big wave surfers. Fifteen elite surfers completed in-depth, semi-structured interviews. It seems clear from the results that the surfers experienced positive consequences of flow. However, they also exhibited symptoms of dependence on surfing. It is suggested that there may be an association between the experience of dimensions of flow and the compulsion to engage in an activity. Some specific recommendations for further research into the relationship between flow and exercise dependence are made.
PARTINGTON, S., PARTINGTON, E. and OLIVIER, S. 2009. The dark side of flow: a qualitative study of dependence in big wave surfing. Sport psychologist [online], 23(2), pages 170-185. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.23.2.170
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jun 30, 2009|
|Online Publication Date||Jun 30, 2009|
|Publication Date||Jun 30, 2009|
|Deposit Date||Jan 21, 2022|
|Publicly Available Date||Jan 21, 2022|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Sports psychology; Compulsive behaviours; Addiction; Surfing|
PARTINGTON 2009 The dark side of flow (AAM)
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