Mental toughness, sport-related wellbeing, and mental health stigma among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I student-athletes

Bird, Matthew, Simons, Eadie and Jackman, Patricia (2021) Mental toughness, sport-related wellbeing, and mental health stigma among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I student-athletes. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology . ISSN 1932-9261

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Mental toughness, sport-related wellbeing, and mental health stigma among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I student-athletes
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Abstract

Mental toughness has been associated with factors related to psychological wellbeing, but little is known about its relationship with stigma toward mental health and mental health help-seeking. This study investigated the relationship between mental toughness, sport-related wellbeing, and personal stigma toward mental health in a sample of 154 NCAA Division I student-athletes. The moderating effect of mental toughness on the relationship between public stigma and self-stigma toward mental health help-seeking was also explored. Mental toughness was significantly and positively associated with sport-related wellbeing, but not significantly related to personal stigma toward mental health. Moderation analysis indicated that mental toughness was not a significant moderator of the relationship between public stigma and self-stigma, but higher levels of mental toughness were significantly associated with lower levels of stigma toward mental health help-seeking. Building mental toughness may be a way to increase wellbeing and reduce stigma toward help-seeking in student-athletes.

Keywords:collegiate athletes, personal stigma, public stigma, self-stigma
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B940 Counselling
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:42907
Deposited On:09 Nov 2020 15:30

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