When the going gets tough : mental toughness and its relationship with behavioural perseverance

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Title translated into German:Wenn das Weitermachen schwer fällt : mentale Stärke in Zusammenhang mit Ausdauerverhalten
Author:Gucciardi, Daniel F.; Peeling, Peter; Ducker, Kagan J.; Dawson, Brian
Published in:Journal of science and medicine in sport
Published:19 (2016), 1, S. 81–86, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Electronic resource (online) Print resource
ISSN:1440-2440, 1878-1861
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Identification number:PU201602000403

Author's abstract

This study examined the association between self-reported mental toughness and behavioural perseverance among a sample of male Australian footballers in a naturalistic context. Cross-sectional field study, with the multistage 20 m shuttle run test (MST) employed as a proxy for behavioural perseverance. 330 male Australian footballers aged between 15 and 18 years (M = 16.86; SD = .71) with between 2 and 14 years playing experience (M = 9.32; SD = 2.51) participated. Initially, footballers completed a mental toughness questionnaire, before having their height and body mass measurements taken. Subsequently, a performance testing session was completed, which included the 20 m sprint, Australian football-specific agility run, vertical jump, and the MST. Bayesian estimation was employed to allow for the simultaneous examination of existing findings with our new data in a way that provides an automatic meta-analysis of evidence in this area.