Personality and Mood in Women’s Paralympic Basketball Champions

in Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology
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  • 1 Wayne State University
  • | 2 Lakeshore Foundation
  • | 3 Life Fitness Consultants
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Research on elite female athletes with disabilities is extremely rare. Therefore, using the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (Cattell, Cattell, & Cattell, 1993) and Profile of Mood States (Droppleman, Lorr, & McNair, 1992), we examined differences between the top 12 athletes comprising the gold medal winning 2004 USA women’s Paralympic basketball team and 13 athletes attending the selection camp who did not make the team. Multivariate analysis of variance with follow-up tests revealed that athletes who made the Paralympic team scored higher on tough-mindedness (M = 5.7 vs. 4.3) and lower in anxiety (M = 5.6 vs. 7.8). For mood state, the Paralympians scored higher in vigor (M = 19.5 vs. 14.8) and lower in depressed mood (M = 3.9 vs. 6.7) and confusion (M = 5.5 vs. 7.5). The effect sizes were large (e.g., Cohen’s d = 0.91 - 1.69) for all five results.

Jeffrey Martin is with the Division of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Laurie Malone is Director of Research and Education with the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, AL. James Hilyer is a psychologist with Life Fitness Consultants in Tallahassee, FL.

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