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Cognitive Appraisals in Sport: The Direct and Moderating Role of Mental Toughness

Levy, Andrew R, Nicholls, Adam R and Polman, Remco (2012) Cognitive Appraisals in Sport: The Direct and Moderating Role of Mental Toughness. International Journal of Applied Psychology, 2 (4). pp. 71-76. ISSN 2168-5010 (print) 2168-5029 (online)

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to investigate the relationship between mental toughness and cognitive appraisals, in addition to exploring the moderating influence of mental toughness upon cognitive appraisals. A total of 296 athletic participants (male n = 200; female n = 96) aged between 16 and 51 years (M age = 21.92 years, SD = 4.61) took part in this study. Moderated multiple regression analysis revealed mental toughness had a significant negative relationship with threat appraisal and a significant positive relationship with challenge. Additionally, mental toughness had a moderating influence upon the centrality-threat appraisal relationship. Overall, these findings imply interventions aimed at threat appraisal manipulation could be targeted at lower mentally tough athletes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID26515, mental toughness, appraisal, athletic
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Ms Phung.T Tran
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 03:47
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2015 06:16
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/23638
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5923/j.ijap.20120204.05
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