Departmental Bulletin Paper Dramatic experiences in sport and psychological well-being in elite athletes with acquired physical disability

Uchida, Wakaki  ,  Hashimoto, Kimio

39pp.71 - 78 , 2017-03-24 , 九州大学健康科学編集委員会
We examined the association between different aspects of psychological well-being and the level of sport competition in athletes with acquired physical disability. Specifically, we evaluated the associations between psychological well-being and age, duration of sport participation, and number of dramatic sport experiences in this population. Ninety-three elite Japanese athletes with acquired physical disability completed the Psychological Well-Being Scale (PWBS) and the Inventory of Dramatic Experience for Sport (IDES). A correlational analysis demonstrated moderate to weak relationships between all of the PWBS subscales. One-way ANOVAs revealed no differences between paralympians and non-paralympians on every factor. Multiple regression analyses indicated that the duration of sport involvement had a negative effect on purpose in life, personal growth, and environmental mastery, while dramatic sport experiences significantly predicted purpose in life, environmental mastery, positive relations with others, and self-acceptance. Thus, it appears that in some cases, dramatic sport experiences can enhance aspects of psychological well-being.

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