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Developmental Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Lifespan Perspective

1st Edition
Maureen Weiss

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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

Author/Editor: Maureen Weiss
ISBN: 1885693362
Copyright: 2004
List Price: $63.00
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512 pp.

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