The use of coaching in order to enhance performance, professional or personal development, psychological and subjective well-being, and general life experience is increasing in popularity. This annotated bibliography draws only on scholarly papers from the behavioural science literature as presented in PsycINFO, Business Source Premier and Dissertation Abstracts International (DAI), and covers the peer-reviewed behavioural science literature on executive, workplace and life coaching. Published peer-reviewed research has significantly escalated since 1995. The first published peer-reviewed paper on coaching was published in 1937. Between 1937 and 1st Jan 2011 there were a total of 634 published papers. There have been 234 outcome studies published since 2000; 131 case studies, 77 within-subject studies and 25 between-subject studies. Of the 25 between-subject studies, 14 were randomised studies. The knowledge base underpinning coaching appears to be growing at a substantial rate.
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