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Mental toughness and burnout in junior athletes: A longitudinal investigation

Madigan, Daniel J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9937-1818 and Nicholls, Adam R. (2017) Mental toughness and burnout in junior athletes: A longitudinal investigation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 32. pp. 138-142.

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Objectives: Mental toughness correlated negatively with burnout in several cross-sectional studies. It is unclear, however, whether mental toughness predicts changes in athlete burnout over time.
Design: Two-wave longitudinal design.
Method: We examined mental toughness and burnout in 93 junior athletes (mean age 17.7 years) across a three-month period of active training.
Results: Regression analyses revealed that mental toughness predicted residual decreases in total burnout, reduced sense of accomplishment, physical and emotional exhaustion, and devaluation over time.
Conclusion: As such, mental toughness may offer athletes protection from the experience of burnout symptoms in sport.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.07.002
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2340

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