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Research in mainstream psychology and sport psychology stresses the importance of a developmental perspective that considers continuity and change from infancy through older adulthood. Understanding age-related changes in perceptions physical competencies emotions social influences and achievement behaviors is critical in terms of developing theory enhancing the research knowledge base and devising applied programs to promote positive physical activity experiences for youth through older adults.
This volume provides an excellent and much needed resource that encourages researchers in the field to take a lifespan developmental approach. It is hoped that this text will inspire more instructors to incorporate such offerings in their curricula.
Penny McCullaghCalifornia State University Hayward
Developmental Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Lifespan Perspective demystifies this perspective for students and researchers and contributes interesting and innovative ideas for the field. The book examines the current sport and exercise psychology literature reviews mainstream theories from psychology and elaborates on how cognitive physical social and other developmental factors influence behaviors in physical activity settings.
Section One reviews fundamental concepts and controversies. Section Two examines developmental issues in youth and adolescence such as parental influence competition and peer relationships; Section Three discusses young middle and older adulthood in terms of self-perceptions social influences motivational processes and self-regulation skills. Section Four covers expertise transitions moral development diversity disabilities and injury throughout the lifespan.
Part I: Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 1: Developmental Sport and Exercise Psychology: Research Status on Youth and Directions Toward a Lifespan Perspective
Chapter 2: Lifespan Development in Sport and Exercise Psychology: Theoretical Perspectives
Chapter 3: Some Methodological Considerations in Developmental Sport and Exercise Psychology
Part II: Youth and Adolescence
Chapter 4: Developmental Perspectives on Self-Perceptions in Children and Adolescents
Chapter 5: Parental Influences on Youth Involvement in Sports
Chapter 6: A Little Friendly Competition: Peer Relationships and Psychosocial Development in Youth Sport and Physical Activity Contexts
Chapter 7: Emotional Experience in Youth Sport
Chapter 8: The Why of Youth Sport Involvement: A Developmental Perspective on Motivational Processes
Chapter 9: Self-Regulation Skills for Children and Adolescents
Part III: Young, Middle, and Older Adulthood
Chapter 10: Seeing Isn't Always Believing: Self-Perceptions and Physical Activity Behaviors in Adults
Chapter 11: Social Influence on the Psychological Dimensions of Adult Physical Activity Involvement
Chapter 12: Emotion in Sport Across Adulthood
Chapter 13: Motivational Processes Among Older Adults in Sport and Exercise Settings
Chapter 14: Self-Regulation Skills in Young, Middle, and Older Adulthood
Part IV: Lifespan Topics
Chapter 15: Development of Expertise in Sport
Chapter 16: Psychosocial Factors and Disability: Effects of Physical Activity and Sport
Chapter 17: A Lifespan View of Moral Development in Physical Activity
Chapter 18: Gender and Cultural Diversity Across the Lifespan
Chapter 19: A Developmental Perspective on Transitions Faced by Athletes
Chapter 20: From Skinned Knees and Pee Wees to Menisci and Masters: Developmental Sport Injury Psychology