Key Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Europe
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Key Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology provides readers with a volume that examines in depth some of the most important and influential studies in sport and exercise psychology. Extensive examination of such studies has been historically difficult to achieve in general textbooks in the field. Also, students often wish to learn more about a particular article than textbooks offer or teachers provide in classroom settings. Invariably, interested readers are required to search for the original publication from other sources, which can be time-consuming. By bringing together a selection of important readings in sport and exercise psychology, this book fills a major gap in the academic literature. Each of the book's 23 chapters includes a framework makes the most efficient use of the material originally published. A Background and Context section is initially provided in order to put the study into a theoretical, practical, and historical context. This is followed be an abridged version of the Key Study, itself. A Subsequent Research and Application section concludes each chapter and focuses on research developed since the original study was published, as well as relevant theoretical, methodological, and applied issues. A list of additional readings is provided in each chapter, along with study questions to stimulate readers to think critically about any theoretical, methodological, statistical, and ethical features of the studies.

Author Biography

David Lavallee is Professor and Head of Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University, UK. His educational qualifications include a Master's degree in Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Western Australia. He has published seven books, and is Editor of Sport Exercise Psychology Review, Associate Editor of The Psychologist and International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology and Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Jean M. Williams is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona, USA where she teaches courses in stress and coping and psychology of excellence. She has been an active sport psychology researcher and consultant for over thirty years and published extensively. Marc V. Jones is a reader in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University where he is course tutor for the first on-line distance learning MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Marc also works as a consultant (accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) and a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. ix
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Author biographiesp. xiv
Personality and motivationp. 1
Personalityp. 3
Psychologic characterization of the elite distance runner. Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 301, 382-403.
Anxietyp. 24
State anxiety among successful and unsuccessful competitors who differ in competitive trait anxiety. Research Quarterly, 47, 698-708.
Aggressionp. 40
The dark side of self- and social perception: Black uniforms and aggression in professional sports. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54, 74-85.
Achievement motivationp. 59
Children's achievement goals and beliefs about success in sport. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 62, 313-23.
Exercise adherencep. 74
Self-motivation and adherence to habitual physical activity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 10, 115-32.
Self-efficacyp. 93
Self-efficacy and the stages of exercise behavior change. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 63, 60-6.
Social processesp. 111
Social facilitationp. 113
The dynamogenic factors in pacemaking and competition. American Journal of Psychology, 9, 507-33.
Group dynamicsp. 131
The influence of the group and its cohesiveness on perception of group-related variables. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 15,245-66.
Leadershipp. 147
Scrutinizing the skipper: A study of Leadership behaviors in the dugout. Journal of Applied Psychology, 64, 391-400.
Psychological characteristics and skillsp. 161
Characteristics and skills of elite athletesp. 163
Psychology of the elite athlete: An exploratory study. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 1,135-41.
Coping with stressp. 174
Coping strategies used by more versus less successful U.S. Olympic wrestlers. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 64, 83-93.
Cognitive strategiesp. 191
The effect of cognitive strategies on the free throw shooting performance of young athletes. The Sport Psychologist, 3,95-104.
Attention and concentrationp. 204
The effectof attentional focus on performance of an endurance task. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 16,217-23.
Imageryp. 215
The effects of internal and external imagery on muscular and ocular concomitants. Journal of Sport Psychology, 4,379-87.
Goal-settingp. 229
Effects of goal specificity, goal difficulty, and information feedback on endurance performance. Journal of Sport Psychology, 9,43-54.
Personal growth and psychological well-beingp. 243
Character development and sportsmanshipp. 245
The effects of sport experience in the development of social character: An exploratory study. Journal of Sport Psychology, 3,114-22.
Exercise and psychological well-beingp. 258
Effect of exercise on depression. In K. B. Pandolf & J. O. Holloszy (eds), Exercise and Sport Science Reviews, 18,379-415. Baltimore, MD: William & Wilkins
Eating disordersp. 285
Attitudes toward eating and body weight in different groups of female adolescent athletes. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 7, 749-57.
Substance abusep. 298
Self-reported use of anabolic-androgenic steroids by elite power-lifters. The Physician and Sports Medicine, 16,91-4, 96-8.
Injuryp. 311
Conjunctive moderator variables in vulnerability and resiliency research: Life stress, social support and coping skills and adolescent sport injuries. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 58,360-9.
Burnoutp. 326
Burnoutin competitive junior tennis players: II. Qualitative analysis. The Sport Psychologist, 10,341-66.
Professional practice and ethicsp. 349
Professional practice of applied sportpsychologyp. 351
An evaluation of U.S. Olympic sport psychology consultant effectiveness. The Sport Psychologist, 5, 111-27.
Ethicsp. 370
Ethical beliefs and behaviors in applied sport psychology: The AAASP ethics survey. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 6,135-51
Indexp. 389
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