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Stories of Critical Moments Contributing to the Development of Applied Sport Psychology Practitioners

Wadsworth, N, McEwan, H, Lafferty, M, Eubank, MR and Tod, D Stories of Critical Moments Contributing to the Development of Applied Sport Psychology Practitioners. The Sport Psychologist. ISSN 0888-4781 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This study explored the stories of critical moments experienced by applied sport psychology practitioners. The 13 recruited practitioners (eight male and five female) were in different stages of their development (trainee, neophyte, and experienced) and were asked to tell one story about a critical moment that significantly contributed to their development as applied practitioners. Narrative analysis was used to explore the stories of critical moments. Four distinct narrative structures were evident; Re-birth, Rags to Riches, Tragedy, and The Quest. There was one consistent narrative feature that supported these plots: critical moments contribute towards an alignment between a practitioner’s beliefs and behaviour, which supports the development of a congruent philosophy of practice and the environment they choose to work within. We recommend future research, such as the use of narrative analysis to explore alternative narrative structures and the investigation of successful and unsuccessful consultancy experiences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from The Sport Psychologist, 2020 (ahead of print). © Human Kinetics, Inc
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 12:14
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 12:15
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13707

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