How should we measure psychological resilience in sport performers?

Sarkar, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-8338-8500 and Fletcher, D., 2013. How should we measure psychological resilience in sport performers? Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 17 (4), pp. 264-280. ISSN 1091-367X


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Psychological resilience is important in sport because athletes must constantly withstand a wide range of pressures to attain and sustain high performance. To advance psychologists’ understanding of this area, there exists an urgent need to develop a sport-specific measure of resilience. The purpose of this paper is to review psychometric issues in resilience research and to discuss the implications for sport psychology. Drawing on the wider general psychology literature to inform the discussion, the narrative is divided into three main sections relating to resilience and its assessment: adversity, positive adaptation, and protective factors. The first section reviews the different ways that adversity has been measured and considers the potential problems of using items with varying degrees of controllability and risk. The second section discusses the different approaches to assessing positive adaptation and examines the issue of circularity pervasive in resilience research. The final section explores the various issues related to the assessment of protective factors drawing directly from current measures of resilience in other psychology sub-disciplines. The commentary concludes with key recommendations for sport psychology researchers seeking to develop a measure of psychological resilience in athletes.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Measuring psychological resilience in athletes
Publication Title: Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science
Creators: Sarkar, M. and Fletcher, D.
Publisher: Routledge on behalf of SHAPE America
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 2013
Volume: 17
Number: 4
ISSN: 1091-367X
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:14

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