Exercise Science (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Daniel Czech


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between competitive trait-anxiety and optimism in college students. A sample of 112 undergraduate students from a university in the Southeast completed three questionnaires: a demographics survey, a Life Orientation Test and a Sport Competition Anxiety Test. The data werethen analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics to determine if a relationship exists. The hypothesis was that there would be a negative correlation between competitive trait anxiety and optimism levels in college students. This meant that as trait-anxiety in an individual increased, the optimism level decreased. It was found that a statistically significant negative correlation existed between competitive trait anxiety and optimism, which confirmed the hypothesis. Further research should be done to see what other variables may have been a factor in why a person with high trait anxiety could have a low level optimism. The results of this study could help counselors at universities across the country work better with college students by understanding these psychological constructs more thoroughly.