This special issue helps ensure that sport psychologists are gaining a comprehensive understanding of the athletes with whom they work, demonstrating respect for and integration of cultural constructs in the treatment room, and maintaining personal and professional self-awareness.
Culturally Informed Sport Psychology
Numerous factors are involved in the cultural composition of both the athlete and the sport psychology practitioner, including ethnicity, socioeconomic background and status, race, socialization, sexual orientation, religion, gender, and geographic location. These often deeply ingrained personal variables can certainly affect the nature of the therapeutic relationship, intervention strategies, and intervention outcomes with athletic clientele. Yet, the field of sport psychology has been slow to discuss these critical variables or to conceptualize their impact on day-to-day athletic performance, overall psychological well-being, the therapeutic relationship, and success of interventions. Co-editors Robert Schinke and Zella Moore conceptualized this unique special issue of the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology with the intention of opening these lines of discussion to ensure that sport psychologists are gaining a comprehensive understanding of the athletes with whom they work, demonstrating respect for and integration of cultural constructs in the treatment room, and maintaining personal and professional self-awareness.
The Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology (JCSP) is the only journal to promote the understanding and advancement of the integration of clinical, counseling, and sport psychology. JCSP will stimulate thought, promote empirical investigation, and disseminate scientifically informed knowledge related to the comprehensive psychological care and overall well-being of athletes, coaches, and sport organizations. For more information, visit www.JCSP-Journal.com.
Culturally Informed Sport Psychology: Introduction to the Special Issue
Robert Schinke and Zella E. Moore
The Polyphonic Self: Interactivism and the Examination of Culture in Clinical Sport Psychology
Donald R. Marks
Research vs. Me-search: Thinking More of Thee and Less of Me When Working Within the Context of Culture
William D. Parham
An Exploration Into Socio-Cultural Meridians of Chinese Athletes’ Psychological Training
Gangyan Si, Yanping Duan, Hin Yue Li, and Xiabo Jiang
Culturally Informed Sport Psychology Practice: Nigeria in Perspective
Philomena B. Ikulayo and Johnson A. Semidara
Sport Psychology Consulting With Indigenous Athletes: The Case of New Zealand Maori
Ken Hodge, Lee-Ann Sharp, and Justin Ihirangi Heke
Working in the “Villas” of Buenos Aires: Cultural Considerations
Stephanie J. Hanrahan