Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Irrational and Rational Beliefs, and the Mental Health of Athletes

About the Course:

The author asserts that one humanistic cognitive-behavioral approach with increasing attention in sport psychology literature is that of Albert Ellis’ (1957) Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Like other cognitive behavioral interventions, REBT asserts that it is not events that directly cause emotions and behaviors; instead, it is one’s beliefs about the events that lead to emotional and behavioral reactivity. This article provides a literature review to highlight three important areas of investigation that may help apply REBT to the field of sports psychology.

Publication Date:

Frontiers in Psychology, 7 2016


Martin J Turner, PhD

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers, especially those who work with athletes. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

  2. Describe the potential influence of irrational and rational beliefs in the area of mental health.

  3. Describe the origins and potential influence of irrational beliefs on athletic performance.

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Course Number: 102340
Credit Hours: 2cr
Exam Fee: $13.94
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Format: Online Article
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