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|
Assistant Professor in Physical Education Pedagogy, Education Department, Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, USA
Director of Physical Education, Government High School, Sector 40-A, Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, Morinda, Punjab, India