Mental Toughness in Higher Education: Relationships with Achievement and Progression in First-Year University Sports Students

Lee Crust, Keith Earle, John L. Perry, Fiona Earle, Angela E. Clough, Peter Clough

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Research into mental toughness has largely been confined to elite sport but should theoretically be important across other performance domains. We examined mental toughness in 161 first year sport students at a UK university using a self-report questionnaire (MTQ48). A measure of achievement (year grade) and progression (pass, fail, or re-sit) was also obtained for each participant. Significant and positive correlations were found between total mental toughness, grades, and progression. Results suggest that the MTQ48 may be a useful screening device to identify students at risk of failing and dropping out of their program. Interventions that target life control and interpersonal confidence would appear to be most salient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Early online date7 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes


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