Attentional Patterns Involved in Coping Strategies in a Sport Context

Bardel, M. and Woodman, T. and Colombel, F. and Le Scanff, C. (2013) Attentional Patterns Involved in Coping Strategies in a Sport Context. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83 (4). pp. 597-602. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2012.10599886

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We investigated the relationship between coping strategies and attentional bias after a sport competition. We administered the Ways of Coping Checklist (Paulhan, Nuissier, Quintard, Cousson, & Bourgeois, 1994) to 145 athletes immediately after they had participated in a sport competition. We also assessed attentional bias using a dot probe detection task. Results revealed that emotion-focused coping strategies led athletes to orient their attention away from threat, whereas athletes who adopted problem-focused coping strategies focused their attention toward threat. More precisely, problem-focused coping strategies are related to a facilitated detection of threat, not to disengagement difficulties. The vigilance attentional bias seems to be a compensatory strategy to cope with a stressful situation, such as sport competition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2014 03:55
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:08
ISSN: 0270-1367
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3305
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2012.10599886
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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