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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: This is a distinctive book addressing a variety of important psychosocial aspects of sports from theoretical, empirical, and applied perspectives.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a definitive resource for professors and other professionals who are teaching courses on this and other related topics. Additionally, the purpose is to provide a much-needed comprehensive body of information that spans 30 years of research and practical application in the field of social psychology in sport.
Audience: This book will be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as college level instructors/professors who are interested in the psychosocial aspects of sport. Researchers and practitioners will also be interested in the depth and wealth of knowledge that this book has to offer in the way of current and potential future research topics in this area.
Features: The organization of the book offers readers an opportunity to consider one or more topics in isolation should they so choose. In structuring the book in this manner, the authors allow the reader to explore areas of personal interest independent of other chapters. The 20 chapters are divided into five parts. Each chapter contains the same five characteristics: clear descriptions and definitions, precise theoretical overviews, an introduction of new empirical research, practical applications of the research, and conclusion and summary of the discussion.
Assessment: Certainly one of the fastest growing areas of research and academic interest in social psychology is in the context of sport. Thisis 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736057806
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/18/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,152,812
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Maureen R. Weiss, PhD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Kremer, PhD
About the Editors
About the Contributors

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