An Investigation of Emotional Maturity among International, National and State Level Players

By N. K. Rathee and Mandeep Singh Salh.

Published by The Sport Collection

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One’s desire to excel in a specific area, be it sport or any other endeavor is driven by one’s emotions and this process is facilitated or hindered by an individual’s positive or negative emotions. Emotional maturity is the ability to experience, understand and express one’s own deepest feelings in the most appropriate and constructive ways. Emotional maturity, the ability to act on and react to life circumstances with intelligence, sound judgment and wisdom, affects sports performance quite significantly. In the present study this interesting psycho-biosocial phenomenon was explored among international, national and state level handball players of India. The subjects (N=120) were handball players who had participated at these three different performance levels of competitions. To evaluate the levels of emotional maturity among the subjects, they were administered Emotional Maturity Scale constructed by Singh and Bhargava (1988). This Scale measured emotional maturity through five subscales, i.e., Emotional Instability, Emotional Regression, Social Maladjustment, Personality Disintegration, and Lack of Independence as well as Overall Emotional Maturity. Obtained data was analyzed through analysis of variance (3x2 factorial design) and descriptive statistics such as mean and SD values were worked out. Post-hoc testing was further applied to find out the direction of differences among the performance and gender groups. Significant differences were found between the three performance groups on all the subscales along with overall emotional maturity. International level players demonstrated significantly higher levels of emotional maturity as compared to the other two performance groups. Significant gender differences have been found on emotional instability, lack of independence and overall emotional maturity. The male players exhibited significantly higher levels of emotional maturity on these two subscales and on overall emotional maturity. Results of the present study have revealed that emotional maturity is an indispensible attribute for the players performing at higher performance levels.

Keywords: Emotional Maturity, Emotional Instability, Emotional Regression, Social Maladjustment, Personality Disintegration, Lack of Independence

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.73-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 783.186KB).

Dr. N. K. Rathee

Assistant Professor in Physical Education Pedagogy, Education Department, Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, USA

Teaching as Assistant Professor in Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, USA. Served for more than 10 years as Reader in Physical Education Department, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, and overall have 18 years teaching experience in higher education sector. Awarded PhD degree in 1993, Masters in Physical Education in 1985 from Panjab University, Chandigarh, awarded Gold Medal for standing of First in the University. Associate Editor in Chief of International Journal of Sports Sciences and Physical Education. Have attended 38 conferences, etc. at International and National levels. Have authored 40 research papers, 39 out of them have been published in reputed journals and in the proceedings of Conferences. Have supervised 11 PhD research and 16 Masters, MPhil and MEd dissertations. Co-authored 9 books on physical education. Member of Executive Board of Delaware Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. Member of: National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities, International Honor Society in Education KAPPA DELTA PI, Indian Society of Sports Anthropometry, Indian Society of Sports Scientists, Indian Association of Sports Scientists and Physical Education, and All India Association for Educational Research. Also member of various University, Senate and College wide Committees at Delaware State University.

Dr. Mandeep Singh Salh

Director of Physical Education, Government High School, Sector 40-A, Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, Morinda, Punjab, India

Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, India.