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dc.contributor.authorMinnix, Douglas Wayneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:08:04Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:08:04Z
dc.date.issued2010-02-26en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-03082010-000849en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/26392
dc.description.abstractMental Toughness in the Classical Martial Arts Douglas Wayne Minnix ABSTRACT The construct of mental toughness is in a state of evolution and refinement. The current study proposed to investigate; (1) the importance of mental toughness attributes from a Classical Martial Arts context, (2) the trainability of the mental toughness attributes from a Classical Martial Arts context, (3) and the extent to which classical martial artists perceive that attributes converge under broader, overarching sub-categories. The current study used a two-phase approach to evaluate the perceptions of mental toughness in 174 non-competition based classical martial artists. Phase One used a survey (a) to assess the perceived importance and trainability of mental toughness, (b) to evaluate unique CMA (CMA) mental toughness components, and (c) to determine underlying factors via factor analysis. Phase Two used interviews to enhance study perspectives of 20 randomly selected CMA participants. Phase One survey results support (a) the inclusion of all items as important to the mental toughness construct, (b) the trainability of all but 4 items, and (c) anticipation, learning attitude, and ethics as three unique CMA mental toughness components. The factor analysis supports the use of a six-factor model, which accounts for 60% of the variance, to explain CMA toughness. Phase Two promotes the use of several key themes as important to mental toughness in the CMA¬- conviction, commitment, conditioning, readiness to perform, distraction control, and shifting focus of attention. Phase Two also provides insight into the context specific application of the six-factor model. Previous perspectives on attribute importance, trainability, and general dimensions of mental toughness are supported by the current study. Variations exist between dimensions in the current study and those found previously. However, these differences are noted to exist more in context applications than in the essential meanings.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectConvictionen_US
dc.subjectClassical Martial Artsen_US
dc.subjectMental Toughnessen_US
dc.subjectCommitmenten_US
dc.titleMental Toughness in the Classical Martial Artsen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCurriculum and Instructionen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCurriculum and Instructionen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairStratton, Richard K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSherman, Thomas M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRedican, Kerry J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLepczyk, Billie F.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-03082010-000849/en_US
dc.date.sdate2010-03-08en_US
dc.date.rdate2010-04-22
dc.date.adate2010-04-22en_US


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