Mental toughness and attitudes to risk-taking

Crust, Lee and Keegan, Richard (2010) Mental toughness and attitudes to risk-taking. Personality and Individual Differences, 49 (3). pp. 164-168. ISSN 0191-8869

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Abstract

This paper tested the relationship between mental toughness and attitudes towards risk-taking in undergraduate student athletes attending two universities in the north of England. A sample of 69 men (M age = 22.2 years, s = 5.28) and 36 women (M age = 24.6 years, s = 7.67) participated and ranged from club to national level in a variety of sports. Participants gave informed consent before completing questionnaires to assess mental toughness and attitudes towards risk. Pearson Product Moment Correlations found significant and positive correlations between overall mental toughness and attitudes towards physical risks, but no relationship with psychological risk. Regression analysis found the mental toughness subscale of challenge to be the most significant predictor of attitudes towards physical risk. Interpersonal confidence was the only mental toughness subscale found to be significantly and positively related to attitudes towards psychological risk. Independent t-tests found men reported significantly higher overall mental toughness, confidence in abilities, and attitudes towards both physical and psychological risk, than women. These results are discussed with regard to previous research findings and future researchers are encouraged to consider employing experimental methodologies in order to manipulate contextual factors to more fully understand any individual differences.

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Additional Information:This paper tested the relationship between mental toughness and attitudes towards risk-taking in undergraduate student athletes attending two universities in the north of England. A sample of 69 men (M age = 22.2 years, s = 5.28) and 36 women (M age = 24.6 years, s = 7.67) participated and ranged from club to national level in a variety of sports. Participants gave informed consent before completing questionnaires to assess mental toughness and attitudes towards risk. Pearson Product Moment Correlations found significant and positive correlations between overall mental toughness and attitudes towards physical risks, but no relationship with psychological risk. Regression analysis found the mental toughness subscale of challenge to be the most significant predictor of attitudes towards physical risk. Interpersonal confidence was the only mental toughness subscale found to be significantly and positively related to attitudes towards psychological risk. Independent t-tests found men reported significantly higher overall mental toughness, confidence in abilities, and attitudes towards both physical and psychological risk, than women. These results are discussed with regard to previous research findings and future researchers are encouraged to consider employing experimental methodologies in order to manipulate contextual factors to more fully understand any individual differences.
Keywords:Commitment, Control, Confidence, Risk
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C600 Sports Science
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:2436
Deposited By: Lee Crust
Deposited On:12 May 2010 21:15
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 20:44

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