Locus of control and coping strategies in female mass sport groups

Associate Professor, PhD E.A. Bragina1
Associate Professor, PhD I.V. Skripichnikova1
Associate Professor, PhD I.A. Semikasheva1
1Ulyanovsk State Pedagogikal University, Ulyanovsk

One of the purposes of the present study was to check the assumption that a sporting activity facilitates individual coping strategies and internal locus of control viewed as the key individual coping resource. The given study analyzed the coping strategies and individual locus of control in sporting versus non-sporting (occasionally sporting) female groups of 18-21 years of age. The coping strategies were rated in the both groups by the R. Lazarus and S. Folkman Ways of Coping Questionnaire (WCQ) adapted by E.V. Bitutskaya. Individual locus of control (LC) was tested by the J. Rotter Locus of Control Scale adapted by E.F. Bazhin, E.A. Golynkina and A.M. Etkind. The sporting group was tested with the meaningfully higher total internality, success/ misfortunes/ health related internalities and the social support, opposition and self-control driven coping strategies. In addition, the sporting group was tested with the meaningful correlations of the problem-solving and emotions-centered coping strategies on the one hand, and the success/ misfortunes/ health related internalities on the other hand.

Keywords: coping behavior, coping strategies, locus of control, female athletes.

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