The mediating role of mental toughness in sport

A. R. Nicholls, J. L. Perry, L. Jones, C. Sanctuary, F. Carson, P. J. Clough

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Aim: We conducted two studies that examined different models, which included mental toughness and psychological constructs that are thought to be related to this construct. Methods: In Study 1, 531 athletes completed measures of mental toughness, resilience, and emotional intelligence. In Study 2, 522 athletes completed measures of mental toughness, sport motivation, and self-efficacy. Results: There were positive paths between the constructs in the model, which were mediated by mental toughness in Study 1. Further, there was a positive path between mental toughness and self-efficacy, but negative paths with introjected regulation and amotivation in Study 2. Conclusion: This two study paper suggests that it might also be the presence of constructs such as resilience, emotional intelligence, motivation, and/or self-efficacy that enable mentally tough individuals to excel under stressful circumstances rather than just coping.

LanguageEnglish
Pages824-834
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Volume55
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Nicholls, A. R., Perry, J. L., Jones, L., Sanctuary, C., Carson, F., & Clough, P. J. (2015). The mediating role of mental toughness in sport. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 55(7-8), 824-834.
Nicholls, A. R. ; Perry, J. L. ; Jones, L. ; Sanctuary, C. ; Carson, F. ; Clough, P. J. / The mediating role of mental toughness in sport. In: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2015 ; Vol. 55, No. 7-8. pp. 824-834.
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Nicholls, AR, Perry, JL, Jones, L, Sanctuary, C, Carson, F & Clough, PJ 2015, 'The mediating role of mental toughness in sport', Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, vol. 55, no. 7-8, pp. 824-834.

The mediating role of mental toughness in sport. / Nicholls, A. R.; Perry, J. L.; Jones, L.; Sanctuary, C.; Carson, F.; Clough, P. J.

In: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, Vol. 55, No. 7-8, 01.07.2015, p. 824-834.

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Nicholls AR, Perry JL, Jones L, Sanctuary C, Carson F, Clough PJ. The mediating role of mental toughness in sport. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2015 Jul 1;55(7-8):824-834.