The relationship between developmental experiences and mental toughness in adolescent cricketers

Gucciardi, Daniel F. (2011) The relationship between developmental experiences and mental toughness in adolescent cricketers. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 33 3: 370-393.

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Author Gucciardi, Daniel F.
Title The relationship between developmental experiences and mental toughness in adolescent cricketers
Journal name Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0895-2779
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 370
End page 393
Total pages 24
Place of publication Champaign, IL, U.S.A.
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The present study investigated the contribution of positive and negative youth sport experiences (i.e., processes or experiences that occur in a particular activity or setting) to self-reported mental toughness among youth-aged cricketers. A sample of 308 male cricketers aged between 13 and 18 years self-reported mental toughness using the Cricket Mental Toughness Inventory (CMTI; Gucciardi & Gordon, 2009), with 187 of these cricketers also documenting their exposure to a variety of positive and negative developmental experiences. Confirmatory factor and internal reliability analyses supported the hypothesized mental toughness measurement model. Structural equation modeling analyses indicated that a variety of developmental experiences were related to various mental toughness components, with initiative experiences evidencing the strongest overall relationship with mental toughness followed by negative peer influences. The number of years playing experience and hours per week training evidenced largely insignificant relationships with the exception of desire to achieve and attentional control components of mental toughness, as well as its global factor. Collectively, these findings lend support for the validity of the CMTI as a valid measure among adolescent cricketers, and highlight the importance of initiative and interpersonal experiences for mental toughness in cricket.
Keyword Cricket
Mentally tough
Organized activities
Positive youth development
Young people
Youth experiences survey
Organized youth activities
Australian footballers
Preliminary validation
Exercise psychology
Sport motivation
Q-Index Code C1
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