What Is This Thing Called Mental Toughness? An Investigation of Elite Sport Performers

  title={What Is This Thing Called Mental Toughness? An Investigation of Elite Sport Performers},
  author={Graham R. Jones},
  journal={Journal of Applied Sport Psychology},
  pages={205 - 218}
  • Graham R. Jones
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
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