Emotional maturity, dispositional coping, and coping effectiveness among adolescent athletes

Nicholls, Adam R., Levy, Andy and Perry, John L. (2014) Emotional maturity, dispositional coping, and coping effectiveness among adolescent athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 17. pp. 32-39. ISSN 1469-0292 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.11.004

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Abstract

Objectives: Although some scholars have suggested that coping is constrained by emotional maturity, little is known about the relationship between these constructs. In this paper we assessed a model that included emotional maturity, dispositional coping, and coping effectiveness. We predicted that emotional maturity would have a direct effect on coping effectiveness in addition to an indirect effect via task-, distraction-, and disengagement-oriented coping. Design: Cross-sectional. Methods: Seven hundred and ninety athletes completed measures of emotional maturity, dispositional coping, and coping effectiveness. The data was analyzed using structural equation modeling, which revealed partial support for our model. Results: Several of the predicted paths were significant. In particular, there was a significant path be- tween emotional maturity and task-oriented coping, but the paths between emotional maturity and distraction- and disengagement-oriented coping were not significant. Conclusion: Our findings indicate that how an athlete copes might be limited by his or her level of emotional maturity, which provides further evidence that coping is constrained by maturation among adolescent athletes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: AdolescenceEmotional intelligenceEmotionsMaturationOptimism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 12:28
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10209

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