Dr. Katie Gunnell is an author on the paper, “Optimism, Pessimism, and Coping in a Dual-Domain Model of Sport and School Satisfaction,” that was recently published in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.
Gaudreau, Patrick; Gunnell, Katie E.; Hoar, Sharleen D.; Thompson, Amanda; Lelièvre, Jonathan. Optimism, Pessimism, and Coping in a Dual-Domain Model of Sport and School Satisfaction. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, Nov 17 , 2014, No Pagination Specified.
ABSTRACT: Adolescent student-athletes face stress in both academic and sport domains, yet little is known about the processes responsible for explaining satisfaction across domains. We examined a dual-domain model wherein optimism–pessimism are indirectly related to sport and school satisfaction through sport and school coping, respectively. Student-athletes (n = 183, Mage = 14.88 years) completed measures of optimism, pessimism, school coping, and school satisfaction before a final exam, as well as assessments of sport coping and sport satisfaction before a sport competition. Results of structural equation modeling supported our matching domain hypothesis: optimism was indirectly related to domain satisfaction through domain task-oriented coping, whereas pessimism was indirectly related to domain satisfaction through domain disengagement-oriented coping. No cross-domain effects were found. Optimistic student-athletes experience greater school and sport satisfaction as a consequence of their use of school and sport task-oriented coping strategies, respectively.