Relationships and sport and performance

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Human relationships play a fundamental role in shaping individuals’ psychological experiences. In sport and performance, researchers are beginning to recognise the significance of relationships with regards to the development of an array of contextual psychological responses and it is becoming clear that the study of relationships is worthy of attention. In this chapter I sought (a) to briefly review the sport and performance literature that has explored athlete and performer relationships with peers, coaches, parents, and sport psychologists, and (b) to offer some conceptual pathways that can serve to further develop this important area as it unfolds in sport and performance psychology. Specifically, I forward sets of ideas from attachment theory, transference, and actor-partner models as particularly useful frameworks within which to examine the sport relationship literature and attempt to illustrate where I see these ideas directing the sport and performance domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of sport and performance psychology
EditorsShane M Murphy
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780199731763
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameOxford Library of Psychology


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