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Grit: a concept analysis


Schimschal, SE and Visentin, D and Kornhaber, R and Cleary, M, Grit: a concept analysis, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 42, (5) pp. 495-505. ISSN 0161-2840 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01612840.2020.1814913


The concept of grit, defined as having passion and perseverance for long-term goals, has gained significant recognition in recent years. The idea that being gritty is ultimately more important than innate talent to achieve goals has widespread appeal. This review examined the concept of grit to clarify relationships between constructs and identify future opportunities for research. A systematic search across five databases including CINAHL, PsycINFO, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science yielded 422 records. After screening and assessment for eligibility, 42 articles were retained and reviewed using the Walker and Avant method for concept analysis. Results provided support for passion, perseverance and long-term goals as defining attributes of grit, along with an extensive nomological network of antecedents, consequences, and mediating and moderating variables. Positive thoughts, behaviours and habits appear to play a key preparatory role in achieving long-term goals. Grit was associated with reduced burnout and depression, improved performance and well-being. Further research is needed to understand the best practice approaches for developing grit at both an individual and collective level.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:grit, concept analysis
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Schimschal, SE ( Sarah Schimschal)
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:140869
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2020-09-12
Last Modified:2021-04-26

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