Dispositional coping, coping effectiveness, and cognitive social maturity among adolescent athletes

Adam R. Nicholls, John L. Perry, Leigh Jones, Dave Morley, Fraser Carson

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    Abstract

    It is accepted among scholars that coping changes as people mature during adolescence, but little is known about the relationship between maturity and coping. The purpose of this paper was to assess a model, which included dispositional coping, coping effectiveness, and cognitive social maturity. We predicted that cognitive social maturity would have a direct effect on coping effectiveness, and also an indirect impact via dispositional coping. Two hundred forty-five adolescent athletes completed measures of dispositional coping, coping effectiveness, and cognitive social maturity, which has three dimensions: conscientiousness, peer influence on behavior, and rule following. Using structural equation modeling, we found support for our model, suggesting that coping is related to cognitive social maturity. This information can be used to influence the content of coping interventions for adolescents of different maturational levels.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)229-238
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Volume35
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

    Keywords

    • Adolescence
    • Maturation
    • Motivational climate
    • Structural equation modeling

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