Examining the Relationships Between Gratitude and Spiritual and Religious Identification Among Collegiate Athletes

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Salient aspects of an athlete’s identity hold implications for how sport psychology practitioners conceptualize and intervene on both the mental health and performance realms of the athlete person. Given that spirituality, religiosity, and gratitude have been associated in previous literature, the current study examined whether athletes differed in dispositional gratitude based on their spiritual and religious identification. Results indicated that among 331 NCAA Division I-III athletes, those who identified as both spiritual and religious scored significantly higher in dispositional gratitude than self-identified spiritual/non-religious and non-spiritual/non-religious athletes. Non-spiritual/non-religious and spiritual/non-religious athletes did not significantly differ in levels of gratitude. Findings and limitations of the current study warrant further investigation on this topic, and recommendations for future research and practice are provided.

Gabana is with the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. D’Addario, Luzzeri, and Soendergaard are with Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Wong is with Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN.

Address author correspondence to Nicole T. Gabana at ngabana@fsu.edu.
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