Advancing mental toughness research and theory using personal construct psychology

Gucciardi, Daniel F., Gordon, Sandy and Dimmock, James A. (2009) Advancing mental toughness research and theory using personal construct psychology. International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 2 1: 54-72. doi:10.1080/17509840802705938


Author Gucciardi, Daniel F.
Gordon, Sandy
Dimmock, James A.
Title Advancing mental toughness research and theory using personal construct psychology
Journal name International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1750-9858
1750-984X
Publication date 2009-03-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/17509840802705938
Volume 2
Issue 1
Start page 54
End page 72
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Language eng
Subject 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Abstract This review is designed to advance current conceptualizations of mental toughness in sport as well as identify avenues for future research by offering a fresh perspective using Kelly's (1955/1991) personal construct psychology (PCP). After reviewing sport-general and sport-specific research contributing to current perspectives on mental toughness, we highlight the need for theoretically driven research in the area. Following this, we provide an overview PCP and offer a conceptual model grounded in PCP which attempts to organize the knowledge base as well as provide a platform for future research. In integrating previous research with PCP, we propose a construct definition in which the multidimensional nature of mental toughness, its usefulness for dealing with and thriving through both positively and negatively construed situations, and the processes by which this occurs are highlighted. Specifically, mental toughness is defined as a collection of values, attitudes, emotions, and cognitions that influence the way in which an individual approaches, responds to, and appraises demanding events to consistently achieve his or her goals. To conclude, methodological and conceptual limitations associated with previous research are examined and the PCP model of mental toughness presented here is employed to identify avenues for future research. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Keyword positive psychology
mental toughness
personal construct psychology
experience cycle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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Created: Tue, 16 Mar 2010, 20:26:13 EST by Dr Daniel Gucciardi on behalf of School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences