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En studie av Grit i förhållande till individuell framgång inom skola och idrott

Translated title of the thesis: The Road to Success? A study of Grit in relation to individual success in school and sport
  • Rasmus Häggblom

Student thesis: Bachelor

Abstract

Grit is defined as a higher-order construct that is described as the individual's passion and perseverance in relation to long-term goals. Grit has been viewed as a personality trait and is considered to have a high predictive ability for performance in domains like education and demanding military training, but also in several other areas of life such as career, sport and marriage. This study examined how well grit explains variation in performance in sports and school or if it should be considered as more of a domain-specific trait. Finally, it was also examined whether grit can add something to the explanation that the already established personality measure conscientiousness cannot explain. The study involved high school students studying in elite sports programs (N = 108) where they combine higher education preparatory studies with a career in elite sport. The results of correlation analyses show that grit does not reveal any significant relationship with performance in the different domains. However, the domain-specific grit tests were able to demonstrate medium to strong correlations with performance. Hierarchical regression analyses for each performance environment showed that grit could not add anything to the prediction beyond the already established concept of conscientiousness in either domain. The conclusion of the study is that we should consider reformulating grit into a more domain-specific characteristic and that grit does not seem to have the ability to predict success beyond already established personality measures.
Date of Award2020-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorÖyvind Jörgensen (Supervisor) & Marcus Johansson (Examiner)

Courses and Subjects

  • Psychology

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Psychology (50101)

Keywords

  • Grit
  • Conscientiousness
  • Performance
  • School
  • Sport

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