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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.