Towards an Understanding of Mental Toughness in Australian Football

  title={Towards an Understanding of Mental Toughness in Australian Football},
  author={Daniel F. Gucciardi and Sandy Gordon and James A. Dimmock},
  journal={Journal of Applied Sport Psychology},
  pages={261 - 281}
A personal construct psychology (PCP; Kelly, 1955/1991) framework was employed in an attempt to reveal a holistic understanding of mental toughness in the context of Australian Football. Eleven male coaches (M age = 42, SD = 9.62) with considerable playing and coaching experience at the elite level were interviewed using a PCP-based interview protocol. Transcribed verbatim data were analyzed using grounded theory procedures. Three independent categories (characteristics, situations, behaviors… 
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