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Handbook of Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology$
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Jeffrey J. Martin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190638054

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190638054.001.0001

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Positive Affect

Positive Affect

(p.207) 20 Positive Affect
Handbook of Disability Sport and Exercise Psychology

Jeffrey J. Martin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines disability sport research on positive affect that ranges from momentary emotions to broader and longer-lasting affective states. The chapter is organized in three ways: a hedonic perspective of momentary experiences of pleasure, engagement such as the experience of flow in sport and peak experiences in hiking and mountain climbing, and obtaining meaning in life, such as contributing to the broader society. Research in these three categories is presented. A plethora of research in disability sport has indicated that sport participation is associated with life satisfaction. Other researchers examining disabled military veterans have shown evidence of posttraumatic growth after acquisition of a disability and have shown how sport has helped facilitate such growth. Research on noncompetitive sport has also indicated that feelings of gratitude and well-being are associated with activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, and water-based activities. The chapter concludes with advocacy for an examination of flow in disability sport.

Keywords:   posttraumatic growth, flow, peak experience, life satisfaction, well-being, emotion, positive affect

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