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The updated third edition of Advances in Sport Psychology offers a view of the latest research in the field of sport psychology. The text is written by 34 of the field's most prolific researchers and scholars, including Maureen Weiss, Shane Murphy, and Albert Carron. These contributors extend the boundaries that have defined the field and provide a clear direction for future research.

This third edition has been completely revised to reflect the advances that have occurred in the field within the past several years. The text provides readers with a complete picture of current research and emerging topics in sport psychology while challenging researchers to examine the factors that keep this discipline growing. Advances in Sport Psychology, Third Edition, provides a fresh look at sport psychology with these features:

-Four new chapters on qualitative research methods, achievement goal theories, self-confidence, and family and peer influences

-Significant revisions of the second-edition chapters, along with more concise overviews of individual topics

-An analysis and synthesis of the state of knowledge for each topic and a discussion of future research directions
The text focuses on the most important and active areas of current research, which recognize the merging of individual and socioenvironmental factors in making sense of sport performance and behavior. Each chapter includes a definition of terms, an explanation of the chapter's scope, and an outline of the sections. The author then provides a review of the available research and theory on the chapter's main topic, analyzes the state of knowledge in the area, and devotes significant space to future research directions.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I offers a comprehensive introduction to the field, including definitions, history, and research paradigms and methodologies. Part II explores individual characteristics that affect sport participants' behavior, including self-perceptions, attributional patterns and perceptions of control, motivational orientations, and achievement goal perspectives. Part III explores socioenvironmental factors that affect sport participants' behaviors. Part IV delves into the research and theory concerning intervention techniques used for enhancing performance and modifying athletes' behaviors, including imagery and mental rehearsal, attentional processes, goal setting, and flow and peak performance.

Advances in Sport Psychology, Third Edition, offers a new and thorough understanding of where sport psychology has been, where it is now, and where it is headed. This text will help students prepare and conduct their own research, and it will be a great reference for professionals who want to stay on the cutting-edge of the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: As can be seen by the proliferation of books in this area in the last few years, sport psychology is a growing field. This book focuses on psychological factors and individual psychological differences that play a role in competitive sports. Previous editions were published in 2002 and 1992.
Purpose: This edition updates the reader on the current literature, and begins to take a look at the interaction between socioenvironmental factors and individual differences.
Audience: According to the editor, this book is intended for graduate students enrolled in research-oriented sport psychology programs.
Features: The four major sections include an introduction to sport psychology, individual differences, socioenvironmental factors, and psychological skills and intervention techniques. Each major section begins with an introduction to the topic. The chapters also have brief introductions, well labeled sections, concluding paragraphs, and future research directions. The topics are relevant for students, including the early discussions of research methodology. Later chapters discuss self-confidence, motivation, and achievement orientation. Group performance, social influences, and coaching effectiveness are also covered. These topics are intertwined with the concept of sports performance and each chapter provides a building block in the sport psychology process. Empirically grounded suggestions are made for enhancing performance that could easily be taken from the classroom to the playing field. Illustrations, figures, and tables summarize and help consolidate the learning process. The abundant references clearly have been updated. The only complaint I have is that they are listed at the end of the book, instead of being readily available at the end of each chapter, requiring a lot of extra page turning.
Assessment: This would be a sensible choice for instructors as a text for graduate students. It is well written in an interesting and informative manner. The references are plentiful and current, and the organization makes it easy to teach in sections. Additionally, the wide array of topics with practical guidance enhances its learning quality. It would be worth updating to this third edition.
The contributions collected in this graduate level text are sophisticated analyses of individual differences and sport behavior (things you wish your high school gym teacher knew), social- environmental influences, and intervention techniques--imagery, attention development, goal setting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736057356
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/24/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 932,858
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Thelma S. Horn, PhD, is an associate professor and member of the graduate faculty at Miami University of Ohio. Horn is the former editor and a current editorial board member of the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and a former associate editor and current editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

Horn received her PhD in psychology of sport and physical activity from Michigan State University. She earned a master of arts degree in coaching behavior from Western Michigan University at Kalamazoo and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Besides editing the first and second editions of Advances in Sport Psychology, Horn has contributed chapters to several other books and has published many articles and proceedings on sport psychology. In 1999, she was cowinner of the research writing award from Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. In 1993, Miami University honored her with the Richard T. Delp Outstanding Faculty Award. In her free time, Horn enjoys reading, writing, and watching amateur athletic contests.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction to Sport Psychology

Chapter 1. The Nature of Sport Psychology
Anthony Kontos, PhD; and Deborah Feltz, PhD
Perspectives on Sport Psychology
Roles of Sport Psychologists
Historical Evolution of Sport Psychology
Current Issues
Future Research Directions

Chapter 2. Quantitative Research Methodology
David E. Conroy, PhD, Miranda P. Kaye, and Lindsey H. Schantz
The Common Goals of Scientists and Practitioners
The Scientific Method for Inferring Causality
Research Trends

Chapter 3. Qualitative Research Methodology
Robert J. Brustad, PhD
Defining Qualitative Research
Research Traditions in Sport Psychology
Qualitative Research in Sport Psychology
Future Research Directions

Part II. Individual Difference and Sport Behavior

Chapter 4. Self-Perceptual Systems and Physical Activity
Kenneth R. Fox, PhD, and Philip M. Wilson, PhD
The Self-System
The Self in Physical Activity
Conclusion and Future Research Directions

Chapter 5. Self-Confidence in Sport
Robin S. Vealey, PhD, and Melissa A. Chase, PhD
Definitions and Conceptual Approaches
Measuring Self-Confidence in Sport
Research Advances
Conclusion and Future Research Directions

Chapter 6. Attributions and Perceived Control
Stephanie J. Hanrahan, PhD, and Stuart J.H. Biddle, PhD
Definitions and Conceptual Approaches
Measuring Attributions
Research Advances
Further Perspectives on Control
Future Research Directions

Chapter 7. Motivational Orientations and Sport Behavior
Maureen R. Weiss, PhD, and Anthony J. Amorose, PhD
Participation Motivation and Attrition
Competence Motivation Theory
Self-Determination Theory
Expectancy-Value Theory
Sport Commitment Model

Chapter 8. Achievement Goal Theories in Sport
Chris Harwood,PhD, Christopher M. Spray, and Richard Keegan
Nicholls' Approach to Achievement Goals
Dweck's Model of Achievement Motivation
Approach-Avoidance Achievement Goals
Situational Factors in Achievement Goal Research
Future Research Directions

Chapter 9. Moral Development in Sport and Physical Activity
Maureen R. Weiss, PhD, Alan L. Smith, PhD, and Cheryl P. Stuntz, PhD
Historical Perspectives
Theoretical Perspectives
Research Advances
Moral Development Interventions
Future Research Directions

Part III. Socioenvironmental Factors and Sport Behavior

Chapter 10. Group Dynamics in Sport and Exercise
Albert V. Carron, EdD, and Lawrence R. Brawley, PhD
A Group Defined
Group Dynamics in Sport Teams
Theoretical Approaches in Group Dynamics
Group Size
Collective Efficacy
Nature of Group Cohesion
Correlates of Cohesiveness
Remedying Research Pitfalls
Research Advances
Future Research Directions

Chapter 11. Coaching Effectiveness in the Sport Domain
Thelma S. Horn, PhD
Conceptual Approaches
Working Model of Coaching Effectiveness
Coaches' Behavior
Direct Antecedents of Coaches' Behavior
Antecedents of Coaches' Expectancies, Values, Beliefs, and Goals
Direct Effects of Coaches' Behavior on Athletes' Performance and Behavior
Athletes' Perceptions or Interpretations of Their Coaches' Behavior
Link Between Coaches' Behavior and Athletes' Self-Perceptions and Level of Motivation
Future Research Directions

Chapter 12. Social Influence in Sport
Julie A. Partridge, PhD, Robert J. Brustad, PhD, and Megan L. Babkes Stellino, EdD
Conceptualizing Social Influence
Developmental Considerations in Relation to Social Influence
Parental Influences on Children's Sport Participation
Peer Influence in Sport and Physical Activity
Sibling Social Influence

Part IV. Psychological Skills, Intervention Techniques, and Sport Behavior

Chapter 13. Imagery in Sport, Exercise, and Dance
Shane Murphy, PhD, Sanna Nordin, PhD, and Jennifer Cumming, PhD
The Neuroscience of Imagery
Applied Models of Imagery in Sport Psychology
A Neurocognitive Model of Imagery in Sport, Exercise, and Dance
Research Advances
Future Research Directions

Chapter 14. Attentional Processes and Sport Performance
Stephen H. Boutcher, PhD
Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives of Attention
Information-Processing Perspective
Social Psychological Perspectives
Psychophysiological Perspectives
Synthesis of Theoretical Perspectives
Applied Perspectives on Attentional Control

Chapter 15. Fundamental Goal Concepts for Process and Performance Success
Damon Burton, PhD, and Cheryl Weiss
Defining Goals
How Goals Work
State and Trait Conceptions of Goals
Goal Effectiveness
Updated Competitive Goal-Setting Model
Competitive Goal Setting Model Overview
Choosing the Right Type of Goal
Measurement Issues in Goal Setting
Future Research Directions

Chapter 16. The Flow Perspective of Optimal Experience in Sport and Physical Activity
Susan A. Jackson, PhD, and Jay C. Kimiecik, PhD
Optimal Experience in Sport
Definition and Dimensions of Flow
Research Advances
Measurement Challenges
Scientific Paradigms
Future Research Directions

Chapter 17. Athletic Injury and Sport Behavior
Eileen Udry, PhD, and Mark B. Andersen, PhD
Definitions and Measurement Challenges
Injury Antecedents
A Stress-Based Model of Athletic Injury
Injury Responses
Future Research Directions

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