THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OPTIMISM AND MARKERS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH IN COLLEGIATE ATHLETES Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Smith, Lindsay
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
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  • There is a current need to examine collegiate athletes' psychological health. Our study examined the relationship between optimism and psychological health and explored how imagery affects optimism. Division I collegiate varsity and club athletes completed an internet-based questionnaire (including the LOT, SWLS, I-PANAS-SF, and ABQ) as a measurement of psychological health. The experimental group completed an imagery intervention in efforts of altering optimism. Correlational analyses identified associations among optimism and the psychological health outcomes at time one. The repeated measure ANOVA's identified a significant change in optimism in all participants throughout the study but identified no significant change in affect, burnout, and psychological well-being. The study indicated optimism may change. The study did not show clinical implications for using imagery to improve optimism in student-athletes; however it did not indicate any negative effects of providing information about positivity and incorporating imagery into a student-athletes daily life.
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  • DeFreese, J.D.
  • Kucera, Kristen
  • Fraser, Melissa
  • Mihalik, Jason
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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