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

Nicholls, Adam R.; Levy, Andrew R.; Perry, John L.


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 between 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-03
Journal Psychology of sport and exercise
Print ISSN 1469-0292
Electronic ISSN 1469-0292
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue March
Pages 32-39
Keywords Adolescence, Emotional Intelligence, Emotions, Maturation, Optimism
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Copyright Statement © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Psychology of sport and exercise, 2015, v.17 at http://www.sciencedirec...e/pii/S1469029214001812


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