Beyond optimal performance: Mental toughness profiles and developmental success in adolescent cricketers

Gucciardi, Daniel F. and Jones, Martin I. (2012) Beyond optimal performance: Mental toughness profiles and developmental success in adolescent cricketers. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 34 1: 16-36.

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
UQ272390_fulltext.pdf HERDC full text - not publicly available application/pdf 298KB 0
Author Gucciardi, Daniel F.
Jones, Martin I.
Title Beyond optimal performance: Mental toughness profiles and developmental success in adolescent cricketers
Journal name Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0895-2779
1543-2904
Publication date 2012-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 16
End page 36
Total pages 21
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The purposes of the current study were to identify mental toughness profiles in adolescent cricketers and examine differences between these profiles on developmental assets and negative emotional states. A sample of 226 community cricketers (125 New Zealanders and 101 Australians; male n = 210) aged between 10 and 18 years (Mage = 14.41 years; SD = 2.11) completed a multisection, online survey containing measures of mental toughness, developmental assets, and negative emotional states. The results of hierarchical (Ward’s method) and nonhierarchical (k means) cluster analyses revealed three mental toughness profiles characterized by low, moderate, and high levels of all five mental toughness assets (i.e., affective intelligence, desire to achieve, self-belief, attentional control, resilience). Those cricketers with high levels of mental toughness reported possession of more developmental assets and lower levels of negative emotional states when compared with cricketers with the moderate levels of mental toughness. No statistically significant differences existed between the moderate and low levels of mental toughness profiles. These findings provided preliminary evidence to suggest that mental toughness might be viewed not only from the traditional view of optimal performance but also from a stance that may represent a contextually salient representation of thriving in youth sport settings.
Keyword DASS-21
Person centered
Positive youth development
Young people
Youth sport
Thriving
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 8 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 0 times in Scopus Article
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Mon, 09 Apr 2012, 11:55:38 EST by System User on behalf of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences