Relationships between mental toughness and psychological wellbeing in undergraduate students

Elizabeth Stamp, Lee Crust, Christian Swann, John L. Perry, Peter Clough, David Marchant

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This study examined relationships between mental toughness (MT) and psychological wellbeing (PWB) in undergraduate students. Following previous research that identified significant and positive relations between MT and academic performance, it was hypothesised that MT would predict PWB within a student population. Participants were undergraduate students (n = 168) from nine United Kingdom universities. The sample included participants from a range of different degree programmes and from all three years of standard undergraduate study. Online questionnaires were completed to assess MT and PWB. Multiple linear regression analyses found that components of MT were moderate to strong predictors of PWB with between 35% and 64% of variance explained. Importantly, age, gender, and level of study were not found to predict PWB. These findings are consistent with stated hypotheses and further demonstrate the potential importance of MT within educational settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-174
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Early online date6 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


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