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Relationships between talent development environments and mental toughness: The role of basic psychological need satisfaction

  Although the talent development environment and mental toughness are critical for athletes to realise their athletic potential, there is a dearth of literature on whether the talent development environment can enhance mental toughness among those athletes who are identified with athletic potential (i.e., talented athletes). Drawing on self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 2000), this research examined the relationships between the talent development environment, basic psychological needs satisfaction, and mental toughness. Talented athletes (n = 261) completed a survey measuring key features of the talent development environment, needs satisfaction, and mental toughness. The results of structural equation modeling indicated that three environmental factors (i.e., long-term development focus, holistic quality preparation, and communication) were positive predictors of needs satisfaction, which then positively predicted mental toughness. The talent development environment may be considered for promoting talented athletes’ mental toughness.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    24 May 2019

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1080/02640414.2019.1620979

  • Cross Ref:

    10.1080/02640414.2019.1620979

  • ISSN:

    0264-0414

  • Library of Congress:

    GV Recreation Leisure

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    796.01 Sports Philosophy

  • Funders:

    The Education University of Hong Kong; Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

Li, C., Martindale, R., & Sun, Y. (in press). Relationships between talent development environments and mental toughness: The role of basic psychological need satisfaction. Journal of Sports Sciences, 37(18), 2057-2065. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1620979

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Keywords

Athletic development, environment, confidence, needs satisfaction, Chinese, youth

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