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Social Psychology in Sport

Social Psychology in Sport

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    Social psychology in sport has grown impressively in the last decade, but no single text has addressed all the important topics in the field—until now. Through the contributions of an international group of established scholars and creative young minds, Social Psychology in Sport offers readers a global perspective, a broad base of knowledge, and the latest thinking on topics such as social relationships, communication, coach leadership, team cohesion, motivation and motivational climate, audience effects, and morality.

    This text allows readers to gain insight into the interactions and dynamics that affect sport performance and the sport experience for youth and adults. Using the latest research in the field, Social Psychology in Sport
    • provides a complete and current analysis of the field, exploring the social aspects of interactions, relationships, influences, and perceptions;
    • addresses a broad range of topics from theoretical, empirical, and applied perspectives;
    • delves into established areas of interest such as group dynamics and coach–athlete and peer relationships; and
    • dissects emerging topics such as relational efficacy, passion, and cross-cultural issues.

    The book is designed to allow readers to study issues in isolation or as part of a course or a module. The five main parts are Relationships in Sport, Coach Leadership and Group Dynamics, Motivational Climate, Key Social and Cognitive Processes in Sport, and The Athlete in the Wider Sport Environment. Each chapter is cross-referenced and provides a clear description of the topic and a concise theoretical overview along with a discussion of existing research. The chapters also introduce new research ideas, suggest practical research applications, and conclude with summaries and questions to help instructors engage the class in discussion and to help students follow the key points.

    By following a progression of theory, research, and application, Social Psychology in Sport offers a framework that other sport psychology books often don’t provide. With this approach, readers can appreciate the historical context of social psychology topics while also studying new, exciting, and developing social psychological questions.

    Through the applicable nature of the research, Social Psychology in Sport will fuel more research interest, ensuring that the recent growth in the field continues well into the future. As such, this text should be of great interest to students in upper-undergraduate and graduate courses and to researchers interested in the psychosocial aspects of sport. It is an ideal book for social psychology of sport and physical activity courses as well as courses in the psychology of coaching, sport psychology, and sport sociology.

    Audience

    A reference for sport psychologists and researchers interested in the psychosocial aspects of sport. A primary text for upper-level and graduate students in social psychology of sport; also a supplemental text for courses in sport psychology, psychology of coaching, and sport sociology.

    Table of Contents

    Foreword
    Maureen R. Weiss, PhD
    Preface
    Acknowledgments

    Part I. Relationships in Sport
    Chapter 1. Understanding the Coach–Athlete Relationship
    Sophia Jowett, PhD, and Artur Poczwardowski, PhD
    Coach–Athlete Relationship Defined
    Importance of Studying Coach–Athlete Relationships
    Recent Conceptualizations of the Coach–Athlete Relationship
    Integrated Research Model
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 2. Interdependence Analysis and the 3+1Cs in the Coach–Athlete Relationship
    Sophia Jowett, PhD
    Interdependence Theory: Essential Elements in Dyadic Relationships
    3+1Cs Conceptualization of the Coach–Athlete Relationship
    3+1Cs Model and Interdependence Theory
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 3. Interpersonal Communication and Conflict in the Coach–Athlete Relationship
    Nicole M. LaVoi, PhD
    Communication
    Conflict
    Relationship Between Communication and Conflict
    Relational Expertise
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 4. Youth Peer Relationships in Sport
    Alan L. Smith, PhD
    Defining Peer Relationships
    Guiding Theoretical Frameworks
    Why Study Peer Relationships in Sport?
    Research on Sport-Based Peer Relationships
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Part II. Coach Leadership and Group Dynamics
    Chapter 5. Multidimensional Model of Coach Leadership
    Harold A. Riemer, PhD
    Historical Perspectives
    Overview of the Multidimensional Model of Leadership
    Research Associated With the MML
    Evaluation of the Research to Date
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 6. Social-Cognitive Approach to Coaching Behaviors
    Ronald E. Smith, PhD, and Frank L. Smoll, PhD
    Leadership Research in Youth Sport Settings
    Initial Mediational Model
    Expanded Mediational Model and Research Implications
    Development and Evaluation of Coach Effectiveness Training
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 7. Team Cohesion: Nature, Correlates, and Development
    Albert V. Carron, PhD, Mark A. Eys, PhD, and Shauna M. Burke, MA
    Conceptual Model for Team Cohesion
    Relationship of Team Cohesion to Team Success
    Correlates of Cohesion
    Benefits and Liabilities of Cohesion
    Nature of Team Building
    Team Building for Cohesion in Sport
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 8. All the World’s a Stage: Impact of an Audience on Sport Performers
    Marc V. Jones, PhD, Steven R. Bray, PhD, and David Lavallee, PhD
    Historical Overview of Theory and Research
    How Do Athletes Respond to an Audience?
    Positive and Negative Effects of Audiences on Athlete Performance
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Part III. Motivational Climate
    Chapter 9. Coach-Created Motivational Climate
    Joan L. Duda, PhD, and Isabel Balaguer, PhD
    Basic Tenets and Constructs of Achievement Goal Frameworks
    Research on the Coach-Created Motivational Climate
    Conceptual Issues and Measurement Challenges
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 10. Parent-Created Motivational Climate
    Sally A. White, PhD
    Achievement Goal Theory
    Parent Motivation in Educational Settings
    Parent-Created Motivational Climate in Sport and Physical Activity Settings
    Related Findings on Parent Achievement Motivation
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 11. Peer-Created Motivational Climate
    Nikos Ntoumanis, PhD, Spiridoula Vazou, PhD, and Joan L. Duda, PhD
    Achievement Goal Theory and Motivational Climate
    Qualitative Investigation of the Peer-Created Motivational Climate
    Measurement of the Peer-Created Motivational Climate
    Peer-Created Motivational Climate and Indices of Motivation
    Age and Gender Differences in Perceptions of the Peer-Created Motivational Climate
    Between-Group Variations in Perceptions of the Peer-Created Motivational Climate
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Part IV. Key Social and Cognitive Processes in Sport
    Chapter 12. Physical Self-Concept and Sport
    Herbert W. Marsh, PhD
    Critical Issues in Self-Concept Research
    Self-Description Questionnaires
    Physical Self-Description Questionnaire (PSDQ)
    Elite Athlete Self-Description Questionnaire
    Causal Ordering of Self-Concept and Performance
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 13. Efficacy Beliefs Within Relational and Group Contexts in Sport
    Mark R. Beauchamp, PhD
    Role Efficacy Within Sport Teams
    Collective Efficacy Within Sport Teams
    Coaching Efficacy in Sport
    Additional Forms of Relational Efficacy in Sport
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 14. Person Perception and Sport Performance
    Iain Greenlees, PhD
    Approaches to Person Perception
    Research on Person Perception in Sport
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 15. Self-Handicapping in Sport: A Self-Presentation Strategy
    Ralph Maddison, PhD, and Harry Prapavessis, PhD
    Self-Presentation
    Self-Handicapping in Sport
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Part V. The Athlete in the Wider Sport Environment
    Chapter 16. Influence of Social Support on Athletes
    Tim Rees, PhD
    What Is Social Support?
    Principal Theoretical Frameworks
    Social Support in Sport
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 17. Parenting and Career Transitions of Elite Athletes
    Paul Wylleman, PhD, Paul De Knop, PhD, Marie-Christine Verdet, PhD, and Sasa Cecic-Erpic, PhD
    Lifespan Perspective on the Athletic Career
    Multistage Perspective on Parental Involvement
    Stages of Parental Involvement
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 18. Passion for Sport in Athletes
    Robert J. Vallerand, PhD, and Paule Miquelon, PhD
    Theory and Research on Passion
    Research on Passion in Sport
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 19. Morality in Sport
    Maria Kavussanu, PhD
    Theories of Morality
    Morality Research in Sport
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Chapter 20. Cross-Cultural Issues in Sport Psychology Research
    Gangyan Si, PhD, and Hing-chu Lee, PhD
    Historical Overview of Cross-Cultural Psychology in Sport
    Basic Definitions
    Popular Frameworks for Cross-Cultural Psychology
    Goals of Cross-Cultural Research
    Methodological Issues
    Future Research
    Practical Implications
    Summary

    Afterword
    John Kremer, PhD
    References
    Index
    About the Editors
    About the Contributors

    About the Editor

    Sophia Jowett, PhD, is a senior lecturer in sport and exercise psychology at Loughborough University. She received her PhD from the University of Exeter in 2001. Her main research revolves around the affective, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of interpersonal relationships in sport. Her research has been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation, the Hellenic Olympic Committee, and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport. Dr. Jowett has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the British Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, The Sport Psychologist, International Journal of Sport Psychology, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine Sciences and Sports, and Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. She has presented her work at national and international conferences and has authored chapters in edited books. She has recently coedited a special issue on interpersonal relationships in Psychology of Sport and Exercise and a monograph on psychology of sport coaching for the British Psychological Society. She is an accredited sport psychologist of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and served as a sport psychology consultant of the 2004 Greek Olympic team. Sophia and her husband Peter have two daughters, Christina and Phillippa.

    David Lavallee, PhD, is a reader in sport and exercise psychology at Loughborough University. His educational qualifications include a master's degree in psychology from Harvard University and a PhD in sport and exercise psychology from the University of Western Australia. He is also an associate fellow and chartered psychologist of the British Psychological Society. Dr. Lavallee has published more than 100 scholarly publications in academic and professional outlets, including two edited books, one authored book, 18 book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also edited special issues of The Psychologist, Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss, and Psychology of Sport and Exercise and two monographs. He currently serves as editor of Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, associate editor of The Psychologist, and digest editor for the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology. David and his wife, Ruth, have two sons, Joseph and Noah.

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    "This is by far the finest book on the subject in the field thus far in which both empirical research and practical hands-on experience make up the bulk of each chapter. This is the definitive resource for the most contemporary and comprehensive view of social psychology in a sport setting."

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