The motivational antecedents of the development of mental toughness: a self-determination theory perspective
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Mental toughness is a topic that has received growing attention in psychological literature over the past decade. Although some researchers have attempted to understand how mental toughness is developed, little effort has been made to integrate an understanding of mental toughness development with established psychological theory and research. The aim of our review is to demonstrate the utility of theory and research on motivation for understanding mental toughness and its development. In particular, we propose that self-determination theory provides a sound basis for understanding the motivational antecedents of mental toughness. To achieve our aim, we consider concepts that bridge mental toughness and self-determination theory literature, namely striving, surviving, and thriving. We conclude our review with suggestions for future lines of empirical enquiry that could be pursued to further test our propositions.
This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in the International Review of Sport & Exercise Psychology (2014), copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1750984X.2014.925951">http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1750984X.2014.925951</a>.
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