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Psychometric assessment of shortened mental toughness questionnaires (Mtq): Factor structure of the mtq-18 and the mtq-10

Dagnall, N, Denovan, A, Papageorgiou, KA, Clough, PJ, Parker, A and Drinkwater, KG (2019) Psychometric assessment of shortened mental toughness questionnaires (Mtq): Factor structure of the mtq-18 and the mtq-10. Frontiers in Psychology, 10.

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The 18-item Mental Toughness Questionnaire (MTQ-18) is a brief, widely used measure of mental toughness. The MTQ-18 derives from the longer MTQ-48, which comprises four independent but correlated factors (challenge, commitment, control, and confidence). Despite sampling items from across MTQ-48 dimensions, the MTQ-18 (as intended) provides a global, unidimensional score. Researchers have recently developed a further abridged version of the MTQ-18, the MTQ-10, which has demonstrated promising psychometric performance. The current paper assessed the factorial structure, reliability, predictive validity and invariance of the MTQ-18 and MTQ-10 in a sample of 944 students from English independent schools (year 11, aged 16 years). Respondents completed the MTQ-18 items online alongside the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that the MTQ-10 was a superior general measure, because the MTQ-18 possessed additional variance to that accounted for by an unidimensional solution. Additionally, the MTQ-10 evidenced higher factor loadings and demonstrated better data-model fit. Tests of concurrent validity revealed the MTQ-10 was a stronger predictor of well-being (life satisfaction). Both the MTQ-18 and MTQ-10 demonstrated gender invariance at the configural, metric, and scalar level. Overall, although the MTQ-18 was a psychometrically acceptable measure, the MTQ-10 was a superior unidimensional measure of MT.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: MTQ-10; MTQ-18; life satisfaction; mental toughness; psychometric validation; 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Frontiers Media
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2024 10:52
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 10:52
DOI or ID number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01933
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23567
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