Adolescent performers' perspectives on mental toughness and its development: the utility of the bioecological model

Mahoney, John W., Gucciardi, Daniel F., Mallett, Clifford J. and Ntoumanis, Nikos (2014) Adolescent performers' perspectives on mental toughness and its development: the utility of the bioecological model. Sport Psychologist, 28 3: 233-244. doi:10.1123/tsp.2013-0050


Author Mahoney, John W.
Gucciardi, Daniel F.
Mallett, Clifford J.
Ntoumanis, Nikos
Title Adolescent performers' perspectives on mental toughness and its development: the utility of the bioecological model
Journal name Sport Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0888-4781
1543-2793
Publication date 2014-09-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1123/tsp.2013-0050
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 233
End page 244
Total pages 12
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Language eng
Abstract In light of the extant literature, the aim of the current study was to compare adolescents’ perspectives on mental toughness and its development across performance contexts, and to explore if such perspectives align with Bronfenbrenner’s (2001) bioecological model. Eighteen mentally tough adolescents (9 boys, 9 girls, Mage = 15.6 years) from three performance contexts (i.e., sport, academia, and music) participated in focus groups, 7 of whom also participated in follow-up one-to-one interviews. Inductive analyses revealed that mental toughness was conceptualized by 9 personal characteristics, and that while similar across performance contexts, some difference between previous mental toughness conceptualization and the current study existed. Analyses also revealed that mental toughness development was predicated on significant others, supportive social processes, critical incidents, and curiosity. These findings resonated with the properties of the bioecological model. Future research into how bioecological factors combine to facilitate mental toughness development during critical stages of life was suggested.
Keyword Performance contexts
Human potential
Positive youth development
Australian football
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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