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Advances in Sport Psychology-3rd Edition

Advances in Sport Psychology-3rd Edition


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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.


    A text for graduate students in sport psychology courses. A reference for libraries and sport psychology researchers.

    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

    About 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.