Term of Award
Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Health and Kinesiology
Jonathan N. Metzler
Committee Member 1
Daniel R. Czech
Committee Member 2
A. Barry Joyner
Over time and across various situations, optimistic individuals have mostly positive expectancies for future events. The Life Orientation Test - Revised (LOT-R) was designed to assess individuals global expectancies for the future as an indication of dispositional optimism; however, global assessment may include content irrelevance related to sport outcomes. The present study evaluated the inter-item preferred sport contextualization of the LOT-R to decrease attenuation and thus enhance predictive validity. College athletes (N = 423) completed an online version of a variety of questionnaires. With dispositional optimism controlled, regression analyses revealed sport optimism to explain additional variance in both general and sport related measures. Sport optimism contributed more to overall variance explained for sport, compared to global, outcomes. Sport psychology professionals may benefit from utilizing preferred sport contextualization of the LOT-R.
Whalen, Samuel Joseph, "Evaluation of Contextualization of the Life Orientation Test - Revised to Enhance Validity in Sport" (2007). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 93.