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Cultural Sport Psychology

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.
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

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


  • Robert Schinke, EdD,
  • Stephanie Hanrahan, PhD,

    “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

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