Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Psychology


Clutch performance refers to successful or improved performance under pressure. Despite a long history of colloquial use and a growing research interest, there remains conflicting definitions and conceptualisations of this construct. Such conceptual divergence has appeared to limit progress towards the development of measurement, theory, and applied interventions for clutch performance. As such, the overarching aim of this thesis was to examine the conceptual foundations of clutch performance, with a specific focus on how current definitions and conceptualisations reflect athletes’ perceptions of performing well under pressure.

FoR codes (2008)

170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology



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