Evaluation of a mental toughness training program for youth-aged Australian footballers: I. A quantitative analysis

Gucciardi, Daniel F., Gordon, Sandy and Dimmock, James A. (2009) Evaluation of a mental toughness training program for youth-aged Australian footballers: I. A quantitative analysis. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 21 3: 307-323. doi:10.1080/10413200903026066


Author Gucciardi, Daniel F.
Gordon, Sandy
Dimmock, James A.
Title Evaluation of a mental toughness training program for youth-aged Australian footballers: I. A quantitative analysis
Journal name Journal of Applied Sport Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1041-3200
1533-1571
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10413200903026066
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 307
End page 323
Total pages 17
Place of publication United States of America
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of two different psychological skills training (PST) packages in enhancing mental toughness among three youth-aged (under 15 years old) Australian football teams. We compared a program targeting the keys to mental toughness identified previously (Gucciardi, Gordon, & Dimmock, 2008) with a more traditional PST program targeting self-regulation, arousal regulation, mental rehearsal, attentional control, self-efficacy, and ideal performance state as well as a control group. Overall, both intervention groups reported more positive changes in subjective ratings of mental toughness, resilience, and flow than the control group. Similar ratings for mental toughness were reported by the parents and coaches. Both PST packages appeared to be equally effective in enhancing mental toughness. © Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Keyword psychological skills training
mental skills
multisource ratings
psychological development
mixed-methods research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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