|dc.description.abstract||This study investigated the influence of hardiness on the stress process in sport,
specifically its role in producing positive emotional orientations. A hardy amateur
footballer reported the appraisals, coping, and behaviours that occurred when facing
competitive stressors over eight weeks. Weekly diaries were used to obtain
information on the specific aspects of the stress process the performer went through.
Interviews took place every two weeks to further discuss the information collected.
After a deductive analysis based on the transactional approach to stress, a number of
hardy attitudes and behaviours were observed: A realistic viewpoint of the world, the
appraisal of stressors as challenges to be overcome, and the use of transformational
coping. By using such strategies the performer manipulated the stress process on a
number of different occasions, to produce facilitative interpretations of anxiety. The
findings indicate possible mechanisms by which hardiness influences the stress
process, and how negative emotional reactions can be interpreted as positive for
performance. How the findings relate to previous research, and the implications they
have for future study are discussed.||en_US