Resilience a goal-specific trait, not an overall personality quality: UAlberta study

May 9, 2019

Resilience and grit among students is a quality related to specific goals rather than an overall personality trait, according to new research from the University of Alberta. The study, titled “Examining the Domain Specificity of Grit,” found that “grit is best conceptualized as a domain-specific trait, and not in general, which is how the field has been measuring grit since it was conceptualized,” according to Danielle Cormier, former UAlberta master’s student who worked on the study under the supervision of sport psychology researcher John Dunn and co-author Janice Causgrove Dunn. The study also found a correlation between high grit scores and healthy levels of “adaptive perfectionism,” also known as perfectionistic strivings, which is distinguished from “maladaptive perfectionism,” or the tendency to set unrealistic goals that lead to anxiety and dropout. Folio (AB)