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Examining Group Differences in Emotion Regulation Strategies and the State and Trait Anxiety of Lifeguards and Non-Lifeguards in a Real-World Precompetitive Situation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. (sport, physical activity, and health psychology research group)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1807-7837
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, ISSN 1932-9997, E-ISSN 1932-9253, Vol. 12, no 2, article id 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate differences, between swimmer-lifeguards and swimmer-non-lifeguards, in trait and state anxiety and emotion regulation techniques in a real-life precompetitive situation with a secondary focus on gender differences. The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire, Sport Anxiety Scale – 2 and the Mental Readiness Form – 3 were distributed to 100 participants at university swimming competitions in the United Kingdom. Swimmer-lifeguards displayed significantly lower cognitive (p=.03) and somatic state (p=.05) anxiety and cognitive trait anxiety (p=.02) than swimmer-non-lifeguards. Males reported significantly lower levels of cognitive and somatic trait anxiety (p<.01) than females. There was also a gender-group interaction, with male swimmer-lifeguards showing significantly lower somatic trait anxiety than the other groups (p<.03). Males indicated significantly greater use of reappraisal than females (p=.01); no other effects were observed. These results support previous research regarding lifeguard characteristics, however the nature of these qualities and how they originate require further exploration.

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Department of English, Bowling Green State University, 2020. Vol. 12, no 2, article id 4
Keywords [en]
lifeguards, cognitive anxiety, somatic anxiety, reappraisal, suppression
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-176045DOI: 10.25035/ijare.12.02.04Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85090628603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-176045DiVA, id: diva2:1477322
Available from: 2020-10-19 Created: 2020-10-19 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved

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