2018, Volume 10, Issue 1

Athletes with disability in the light of positive psychology



Iwona Sikorska1, Krzysztof Gerc1

1Institute of Applied Psychology, Jagiellonian University in Cracow


Author for correspondence: Iwona Sikorska; Institute of Applied Psychology, Jagiellonian University in Cracow; email: i.sikorska@uj.edu.pl

DOI: 10.29359/BJHPA.10.1.07

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Abstract

Background: The purpose of the study was to describe selected aspects of good life in Polish paralympic athletes in the light of positive psychology. Good life category was investigated in such dimensions as satisfaction with life, resilience, personal values and courage.

Material/Methods: The project involved a study group of 30 disabled athletes (M = 26.5 years of age) practising skiing, cycling, swimming, fencing, basketball, and a control group consisting of 30 healthy young adults (M = 25.9 years of age) doing sport as leisure. Questionnaires testing the selected aspects of good life and wellbeing were used.

Results: A statistically relevant difference between the two groups can be identified with regard to resilience, concerning the structured style factor (t = 2.31, df = 58, p < 0.05) and with regard to courage in the level of the endurance factor (t = 2.19, df = 58, p < 0.05). Disabled athletes choose the following as highly assessed values: being useful to others
(z = 2.74, p = 0.001), courage and firmness (z = 2.26, p < 0.05).

Conclusions: Disabled athletes demonstrated a significantly higher level of structured style in resilience and of endurance in courage. Adventure, making new friends and better self-esteem were identified as the most frequent effects of their involvement in sport

 


Key words: paralympic sports, resilience, positive psychology, well-being


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AMA:

Sikorska I, Gerc K. Athletes with disability in the light of positive psychology. Balt J Health Phys Activ. 2018;10:64-76. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.10.1.07

APA:

Sikorska, I., & Gerc, K. (2018). Athletes with disability in the light of positive psychology. Balt J Health Phys Activ, 10, 64-76. https://doi.org/10.29359/BJHPA.10.1.07

Chicago:

Sikorska, Iwona, Gerc Krzysztof. 2018. "Athletes with disability in the light of positive psychology". Balt J Health Phys Activ 10: 64-76. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.10.1.07

Harvard:

Sikorska, I., and Gerc, K. (2018). Athletes with disability in the light of positive psychology. Balt J Health Phys Activ, 10, pp.64-76. https://doi.org/10.29359/BJHPA.10.1.07

MLA:

Gerc, Krzysztof et al. "Athletes with disability in the light of positive psychology." Balt J Health Phys Activ, vol. 10, 2018, pp. 64-76. doi:10.29359/BJHPA.10.1.07

Vancouver:

Sikorska I, Gerc K. Athletes with disability in the light of positive psychology. Balt J Health Phys Activ 2018; 10: 64-76. Available from: doi:10.29359/BJHPA.10.1.07