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Cultural Sport Psychology

Cultural Sport Psychology

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    Cultural issues have become a significant aspect of the sport psychology field. As clinicians develop their practice to include more diverse athletes and sport psychologists expand to work in multicultural settings, Cultural Sport Psychology will prove to be a beneficial reference for the field. It is the first full text to focus entirely on cultural awareness, and its timeliness will spark increased discussion, reflection, and research of cultural considerations in sport psychology practice.

    Cultural Sport Psychology offers researchers, practitioners, and consultants an excellent starting point for future research and practice. With contributions from a diverse group of established and aspiring experts in sport psychology, the text offers a complete and authoritative look at this developing field. The first two sections of the book will help readers understand the background of cultural sport psychology and how and why it should be studied. Concepts and theories shaping cultural sport psychology are identified and explored, and general guidelines are provided for practitioners to employ a cultural sport psychology approach.

    Part III of the text offers rich and varied approaches to the practice of cultural sport psychology. Within this extensive 12-chapter section, contributors offer their firsthand experiences working with athletes in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and the United States. Some contributors offer a national perspective, focus on the influence of religion, or discuss cultural communities within a country and how to work effectively in relation to each. Others focus on cultural communities outside the mainstream, such as specific minority groups within the United States, Canada, and Australia. Case studies, advice, and suggestions in each chapter assist practitioners in engaging in multicultural exchanges within their sport psychology consulting sessions. Each chapter concludes with final suggestions or reflections based on the authors' experiences.

    Cultural Sport Psychology focuses on important cultural factors such as religion, gender, personal space, and social structure. These factors and many others are laden with cultural assumptions that may contribute—positively or negatively—to athletic performance and an athlete's well-being. As the first compilation on the topic of multicultural considerations in sport psychology, Cultural Sport Psychology assists practitioners in creating strategies relative to the culture and context of their clients. This text is certain to stimulate ongoing discourse and encourage increased focus on effective cultural sport psychology practice.


    A reference for psychology researchers, practitioners, and consultants; a supplementary text for use in graduate seminars, applied sport psychology courses, or sociology courses.

    Part I: New Dimension in Sport Psychology

    Chapter 1: Introduction to Cultural Sport Psychology
    Robert J. Schinke, PhD; Stephanie J. Hanrahan, PhD; Peter Catina, PhD
    Defining Culture
    Cultural Characteristics
    Moving Forward

    Chapter 2: Rationale for Developing a Cultural Sport Psychology
    Heather J. Peters, PhD; Jean M. Williams, PhD
    CSP Basics
    Traditional Tools for Uncovering Culture
    Implications for Conducting CSP
    Future Directions

    Chapter 3: Engaging Cultural Studies and Traditional Sport Psychology
    Leslee A. Fisher, PhD; Emily A. Roper, PhD; Ted M. Butryn, PhD
    Positivism Versus Postmodernism
    Focus of Traditional Sport Psychology Research
    Divergent Approaches
    Divergent Assumptions About the Self
    Eurocentrism and the Politics of Sport Psychology in Academia
    (Re)Constructing Sport Psychology

    Part II: Conceptual Reflections

    Chapter 4: Understanding Your Role in Cultural Sport Psychology
    Tatiana V. Ryba, PhD
    Sport Psychology as Cultural Praxis
    Practicing CSP

    Chapter 5: Cultural Diversity in Applied Sport Psychology
    Diane L. Gill, PhD; Cindra S. Kamphoff, PhD
    Multicultural Framework
    Cultural Diversity and Power in Society and in Sport
    Sport Psychology Research on Cultural Diversity
    Cultural Diversity
    Applied Sport Psychology in the Public Interest
    Recommendations for Addressing Cultural Diversity

    Chapter 6: Strategies for Reflective Cultural Sport Psychology Research
    Kerry R. McGannon, PhD; Christina R. Johnson, PhD
    Terminology Clarifications
    Reflective CSP Research
    Exploring Self and Identity with Positivist and Postpositivist Paradigms
    Postmodernist Implications for Self, Identity, and Research
    Two Writing Stories

    Part III: Applied Practice

    Chapter 7: Strategies for Reflective Cultural Sport Psychology Practice
    Peter C. Terry, PhD
    Model of Reflective Practice
    Common Cross-Cultural Issues
    Recommended Strategies

    Chapter 8: Entering the Community of Canadian Indigenous Athletes
    Robert Schinke, EdD; Amy Blodgett, BA; Stephen Ritchie, MA; Patricia Pickard, PhD, Ginette Michel, MA; Duke Peltier; Chris Pheasant, BEd; Mary Jo Wabano; Clifton Wassangeso George, BPHE; Lawrence Enosse
    Setting the Context
    Cultural Terminology and History
    Community and Its Role in Sport
    Effective Cross-Cultural Communication
    Cross-Cultural Exchanges and Performance Enhancement
    Concluding Remarks

    Chapter 9: Multicultural Sport Psychology in the United States
    Anthony P. Kontos, PhD
    Demographic Trends in Race and Ethnicity
    Cautionary Words
    Racial and Ethnic Groups and Cultural Beliefs
    Strategies for Increasing Multicultural Competency
    Future Directions

    Chapter 10: Working With Brazilian Athletes
    Luis Carlos Moraes, PhD; John H. Salmela, PhD
    Overview of Brazil
    Brazilian Heritage and the Sport Context
    Working With Brazilian Athletes
    Future of Brazilian Sport Psychology

    Chapter 11: Sport Psychology Consulting in Russia and Sweden
    Natalia Stambulova, PhD; Urban Johnson, PhD; Alexander Stambulov, PhD
    Paradigms Used in This chapter
    Introduction to Russia
    Introduction to Sweden
    Russian Case
    Swedish Case
    Swedish-Russian Case
    Lessons Learned and Conclusions

    Chapter 12: Working With Athletes in Israel
    Ronnie Lidor, PhD; Boris Blumenstein, PhD
    Israeli Context
    Overview of Israeli Sport
    Sport Psychology in Israel
    Challenges for Elite Athletes
    Case Examples
    Suggestions for Providing Sport Psychology Consultation

    Chapter 13: A Canadian Sport Psychologist in Kuwait
    Shaun Galloway, PhD
    Kuwaiti Context
    Using Resources in Kuwait
    Cross-Cultural Exchanges
    Working With Teams
    Identity and Values
    Conclusions and Future Directions

    Chapter 14: Working With Nigerian Athletes
    P.B. Ikulayo, PhD; J.A. Semidara, MEd
    Nigerian Context
    Realities of Nigerian Sport
    Development of Nigerian Sport Psychology
    Conclusions and Recommendations

    Chapter 15: Working with Ghanaian Athletes
    Caren D.P. Diehl, MEd; Anna Hegley, MSc; Andrew M. Lane, PhD
    Overview of Ghana
    Ghanaian Football
    Challenges to Expatriate Sport Psychologists
    Recommendations for Practitioners

    Chapter 16: Working With Australian Aboriginal Athletes
    Stephanie J. Hanrahan, PhD
    Historical Overview
    Aboriginal Culture
    Recommendations for Clear Communication

    Chapter 17: Singaporean Athletes in a Multicultural Society
    Kaori Araki, PhD; Govindasamy Balasekaran, PhD
    Introduction to Singapore
    Overview of Sport and Exercise
    Understanding Elite Athletes
    Consulting With Elite Athletes

    Chapter 18: Samurai and Science: Sport Psychology in Japan
    Yoichi Kozuma, MPE
    Culture of Feudal Japan
    History of Japanese Sport Psychology
    Working With Japanese Athletes

    Stephanie J. Hanrahan, PhD; Robert Schinke, EdD
    What We Got From This Book
    Using the Information in This Book
    Final Words

    Robert Schinke, EdD, is an associate professor of sport psychology in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where he teaches cultural sport studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a coach and a Canadian Sport Psychology Association certified practitioner, Schinke has extensive experience working with national teams and professional athletes of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

    Schinke has authored more than 100 academic and applied articles in publications, including The Sport Psychologist, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, International Journal of Sport Psychology, Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, and the Journal of Sport Science and Medicine. His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. In addition, Schinke serves as editor of Athletic Insight.

    A former Canadian equestrian team member and Pan American Games medalist, Schinke still enjoys equestrian pursuits in addition to hiking and cross-country running. He and his wife, Erin, reside in Sudbury.

    Stephanie Hanrahan, PhD, is an associate professor in the Schools of Human Movement Studies and Psychology and the director of the sport and exercise psychology program at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As an author and researcher, Hanrahan has obtained 15 grants and published five books, 17 book chapters, and over 80 articles. She also serves as editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology.

    Hanrahan is a fellow of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Australian Psychological Society, Sports Medicine Australia, and the International Society of Sport Psychology. As a registered psychologist, she has worked with individuals and teams from all levels of sport (both with and without disabilities), Aboriginal performing artists, Mexican orphans, and teenagers living in poverty.

    Hanrahan resides in Queensland and enjoys traveling within Australia and abroad.

    “Sport psychologists have always been aware of cross-cultural issues during interventions, but little has been written about these important issues. This book helps fill this void.”
    Dan Smith, PhD
    Instructional Dean, Cerritos College

    “This would be a fine acquisition for anyone working in the field of sport psychology, especially for those who have interactions with athletes from different countries. Moreover, even those who work exclusively with athletes in the United States will find these concepts useful because of the diversity of our population.”
    -- Doody's Book Review