Bouncing Back From Adversity: An Investigation Of Resilience In Sport
The purpose of this study was to examine athletes’ perceptions and experiences of resilience in sport, or their ability to achieve positive outcomes despite adversity. Ten high level athletes were interviewed regarding the greatest adversities that they had ever had to overcome as athletes. Richardson and colleagues’ (1990) resiliency model was used as a guiding theoretical framework in the process of data collection and analysis. A modified form of analytic induction was used to analyze the data, in which the interviews were analyzed both inductively to search for emergent themes, and deductively in relation to the resiliency model. The results supported the notion of resilience as a process of events rather than a personality trait or an outcome. Several themes emerged from the inductive analysis, and the deductive analysis showed support for the resiliency model. Implications of the study, as well as directions for future research are discussed.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:resilience athletes sport bouncing back
Date of Publication:01/01/2005