What do we mean by 'thriving'?

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The past five years have seen a rapid growth in sport researchers studying the topic of thriving. Within this work, advances have been made in our understanding of what characterizes thriving in sport (e.g., Brown et al., 2018) and of the psychological and social factors that can bring about its occurrence (e.g., Brown & Arnold, 2019; Kinoshita et al., 2021; McHenry et al., 2020; McNeill et al., 2018; Rouquette et al., 2021). However, studies conducted on thriving in sport have also continued to perpetuate a trend of researchers adopting different conceptualizations and operationalizations of the construct in their work (Brown et al., 2017). To provide clarity for readers and consumers of this literature, this opening presentation will describe each of the different approaches that have been adopted by thriving researchers, along with arguments for why thriving is best understood from a functioning-based perspective. The presentation will also provide brief considerations on the distinction between the construct of thriving, and the constructs of growth and resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2022
Event16th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology - Padova, Italy
Duration: 11 Jul 202216 Jul 2022


Conference16th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology
Abbreviated titleFEPSAC 2022


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