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The Perceived Stress Reactivity Scale for adolescent athletes.

Britton, D., Kavanagh, E. J. and Polman, R., 2017. The Perceived Stress Reactivity Scale for adolescent athletes. Personality and Individual Differences, 116 (October), 301 - 308.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.05.008


Individual differences play a significant role in the outcomes experienced by adolescent athletes, in what is a highly stressful period of their development. Stress reactivity is a stable individual difference underlying the broad variability in responses to stress, which has received very little attention within sport. Conventional physiological measures of reactivity can be time-consuming, costly, and invasive; therefore, this study aimed to adapt a self-report measure of Perceived Stress Reactivity for use with adolescent athletes. 243 adolescent athletes competing in various sports completed the Perceived Stress Reactivity Scale for adolescent athletes (PSRS-AA) along with measures of perceived stress, Big Five personality traits, and subjective well-being. The five-factor, 23 item structure of the original PSRS provided an adequate model fit for the PSRS-AA. There was good internal consistency and test retest reliability for the scale's measure of total reactivity. Total reactivity was positively associated with perceived stress, and negatively associated with emotional stability, extraversion, openness, and life satisfaction. Female adolescent athletes reported significantly higher stress reactivity than males. These findings provide good initial support for the use of PSRS-AA as a valid alternative to physiological measures of stress reactivity in youth sport contexts.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stress reactivity; Adolescence; Sport; Coping; Wellbeing
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:29200
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:10 May 2017 11:51
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:04


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