Meaning in life of elite athletes: A person-oriented study

Schmid, Michael J.; Oblinger-Peters, Violetta; Örencik, Merlin; Hlasová, Helena; Schmid, Jürg; Conzelmann, Achim; Ronkainen, Noora J. (2024). Meaning in life of elite athletes: A person-oriented study. Current Issues in Sport Science (CISS), 9(2), 003. Bern Open Publishing 10.36950/2024.2ciss003

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The concept of meaning in life has gained significant attention in psychology research in recent years due to its correlational relationship with physical and mental well-being (i.e., objective and subjective health measures, e.g., Steger, 2012). While recent attention has been directed toward this concept in sport psychology using qualitative research methods (e.g., Ronkainen et al., 2015), quantitative investigations into the specific sources of meaning engaged by athletes are notably scarce. This study (1) compares athletes with the general population and (2) employs a person-oriented approach to identify distinct profiles of athletes’ meaning in life and the sources they predominantly tap into.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Psychology and Research Methods

UniBE Contributor:

Schmid, Michael Johannes, Oblinger-Peters, Violetta Ilse Else, Örencik, Merlin Kantigin, Hlasová, Helena, Schmid, Jürg (B), Conzelmann, Achim, Ronkainen, Noora Johanna


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Bern Open Publishing




Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

26 Mar 2024 14:14

Last Modified:

26 Mar 2024 14:14

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Additional Information:

Zugleich: 15th Annual Conference of the Swiss Society of Sports Sciences, February 7 and 8, 2024, at ETH Zurich: Approaches in Sports Sciences: Today and Tomorrow. Book of Abstracts

Uncontrolled Keywords:

elite sport, meaning, satisfaction with life, purpose


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