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The Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48: A Re-examination of Factorial Validity

Birch PDJ, Crampton S, Greenlees I, Lowry R & Coffee P (2017) The Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48: A Re-examination of Factorial Validity, International Journal of Sport Psychology, 48 (3), pp. 331-355.

The Mental Toughness Questionnaire-48 (MTQ48; Clough, Earle, & Sewell, 2002) is the most utilised instrument to measure Mental Toughness in sport (Gucciardi, Hanton, & Mallett, 2012). To date, preliminary research (Gucciardi et al., 2012; Perry et al., 2013) examining the factorial validity 26 the MTQ48 in athlete samples has yielded equivocal findings. The aim of this paper was to re-examine the factorial validity of the four- and six-factor models of the MTQ48 in moderate (n = 480) and large (n = 1206) independent student athlete samples. Using confirmatory factor analyses, findings revealed little support for the hypothesised models of the MTQ48 in both samples. The results support those found by Gucciardi et al. and Perry et al. and suggest that, in its current form, the MTQ48 may not be a valid measure of the 4/6Cs model of mental toughness when using student athletes.

AuthorsBirch Phil D J, Crampton Simon, Greenlees Iain, Lowry Ruth, Coffee Pete
Publication date05/2017
Publication date online07/2017
Date accepted by journal14/11/2016
PublisherEdizioni Luigi Pozzi
ISSN 0047-0767

International Journal of Sport Psychology: Volume 48, Issue 3

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