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Advances in Sport Psychology

Advances in Sport Psychology

by Thelma Horn

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The second edition of the popular Advances in Sport Psychology provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of the major trends in sport psychology. With four new chapters on self-perceptions, moral reasoning levels, athletic injury, and flow and peak performance, the text is much more than an overview of other resources. It is an in-depth


The second edition of the popular Advances in Sport Psychology provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of the major trends in sport psychology. With four new chapters on self-perceptions, moral reasoning levels, athletic injury, and flow and peak performance, the text is much more than an overview of other resources. It is an in-depth compilation that assists students and professionals in thoroughly comprehending the current research in sport psychology.

Editor Thelma Horn, PhD, builds on classic theories of sport psychology presented in the first edition, synthesizing current research with older philosophies. With the editorial contributions of 28 prolific researchers and scholars in the field, the text pushes at the boundaries that have defined sport psychology since its inception. The new edition emphasizes future research directions, giving readers, students, and researchers alike an early look at the questions to be tackled in coming years. It is thorough in its presentation of the research, which allows students and researchers to build on the theories presented in the text.

The updated text reviews personality, motivation, anxiety and performance, and goal setting in sports. While addressing research issues, it takes an in-depth look at the individual difference factors that affect behavior in sport and physical activity contexts. The four-part text features the following:
-Modified and substantially updated chapters from the first edition, giving readers a decade's worth of new material in one convenient reference

-Four new chapters on self-perceptions, moral reasoning levels, flow and peak performance, and athletic injury, ensuring that burgeoning fields of interest to current researchers are not overlooked

-Contributions from a team of leading researchers in the various fields of sport psychology, giving readers relevant and critical examinations of the various topics covered in the text

-An easy-to-read format that includes chapter-by-chapter introductions, definitions of terms, an explanation of the scope, a clear outline of the sections within each chapter, and a review of the available research and theory on the chapter topic
Part I, “Introduction to Sport Psychology,” provides a comprehensive overview of the field, including definitions, history, research paradigms, and research methodologies.

Part II, “Individual Differences and Sport Behavior,” examines the characteristics of individuals that affect their behavior in sport and physical activity contexts.

Part III, “Socioenvironmental Issues, Sociocultural Issues, and Sport Behavior,” discusses various factors in the social environment that impinge on participants' behaviors.

Part IV, “Psychological Skills, Intervention Techniques, and Sport Behavior,” examines the research and theory behind selected intervention techniques that have been used to enhance athletic performance or modify participants' behavior.

Advances in Sport Psychology, Second Edition, clearly and thoroughly reflects the theoretical and empirical advances that have occurred in sport psychology in the past decade. Returning and new readers will find the most significant current topics in sport psychology research compiled in one place, allowing them to see what the field has and has not accomplished. The new edition is a must-have reference for professionals in the field, and it makes an ideal text for graduate-level sport psychology courses.

Editorial Reviews

Reviewer:Christopher J. Graver, PhD(Madigan Army Medical Center)
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 (booknews.com)

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Human Kinetics Publishers
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Older Edition
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.57(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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; associate editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology; and an editorial board member for Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science.

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 science degree in psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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

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