Coping strategies used by ballet dancers : effects of individual differences in competitive trait anxiety

Barrell, Gene Margaret (2001) Coping strategies used by ballet dancers : effects of individual differences in competitive trait anxiety. Masters by Research thesis, University of Southern Queensland.


The purpose of the present investigation was to examine relationships between coping strategies and competitive trait anxiety among ballet dancers. Participants were 104 classical ballet dancers from three professional ballet companies, two private dance schools, and two full-time, university dance courses in Australia. Coping strategies were assessed using the Modified COPE scale (MCOPE: Crocker & Graham, 1995), while competitive trait anxiety was assessed using the Sport Anxiety Scale (SAS: Smith, Smoll, & Schutz, 1990). Standard multiple regression analyses showed that trait anxiety scores were significant predictors of seven of the 12 coping strategies, with moderate to large effect sizes. High trait anxious dancers reported more frequent use of all categories of coping strategies. A two-way MANOVA showed no main effects for gender nor status (professional versus students) and no significant interaction effect. The present results emphasize the need for the effectiveness of specific coping strategies to be considered during the process of preparing young classical dancers for a career in professional ballet.

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ID Code: 69372
Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Research)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Coping Strategies, Ballet Dancers, Competitive Trait Anxiety, Individual Differences
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sport and Exercise Psychology (170114)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: University of Southern Queensland
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2014 02:20
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 23:31

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