Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Sport and Physical Education

Abstract

© 2016, Copyright © Association for Applied Sport Psychology.Previous research suggests that mindfulness and experiential avoidance are negatively and positively related to athlete burnout, respectively. It is unknown, however, whether experiential avoidance functions as a mediator between mindfulness and athlete burnout. To address this gap, 387 elite Chinese junior athletes (M = 15.44 years, SD = 1.42) completed self-report measures of mindfulness, experiential avoidance, and athlete burnout. Findings provided cross-sectional evidence that experiential avoidance mediated the inverse association from mindfulness to each of the three burnout dimensions. No gender difference of these indirect effects was revealed. This study is the first to test the theoretical sequence in which mindfulness is associated with athlete burnout via experiential avoidance and provide additional support the adaptive nature of mindfulness.

Publication Date

1-10-2016

Source Publication Title

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Volume

4

Issue

28

Start Page

437

End Page

451

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

DOI

10.1080/10413200.2016.1162223

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2016.1162223

ISSN (print)

10413200

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