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An exploration of the two-factor schematization of relation meaning and emotions among professional rugby union players

Nicholls, Adam R.; Levy, Andrew R.; Jones, Leigh; Rengamani, Malathy; Polman, Remco C.J.

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Professor Adam Nicholls A.Nicholls@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Psychology/ Leader of the Sport Psychology and Coaching Group

Andrew R. Levy

Leigh Jones

Malathy Rengamani

Remco C.J. Polman



Abstract

The aim of this paper was to explore Lazarus's two-factor schematization of losses and gains and the emotions generated in response to loss (threat and harm) and gain (challenge and benefit) relational meanings. Participants were 10 professional rugby union players aged between 24 and 35 years (M age ¼ 26.8 years, SD ¼ 5.92). The results revealed that at different times, the same stressor had different relational meanings. For instance, opponent, coach, playing an important match, and injury stressors were appraised as losses and gains. Furthermore, stressful loss relational meanings generated pre-dominantly negative emotions, whereas gain relational meanings generated mainly positive emotions. However, anxiety was the second most reported emotion generated in response to gain relational meanings. This finding suggests that not all gain relational meanings generate positively toned emotions.

Citation

Nicholls, A. R., Levy, A. R., Jones, L., Rengamani, M., & Polman, R. C. (2011). An exploration of the two-factor schematization of relation meaning and emotions among professional rugby union players. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9(1), 78-91. doi:10.1080/1612197x.2011.563128

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 16, 2009
Online Publication Date May 20, 2011
Publication Date 2011-03
Print ISSN 1612-197X
Electronic ISSN 1557-251X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 78-91
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197x.2011.563128
Keywords Appraisals; Emotion; Stressor; Gains; Loss
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/409712
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1612197X.2011.563128