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ISSP Position Stand: Culturally competent research and practice in sport and exercise psychology
Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Sport Health and Physical activity.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6198-0784
Sport Psychology and Monitoring Centre, Hong Kong Sports Institute, Fo Tan, Sha Tin, Hong Kong.
School of Human Kinetics, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, ISSN 1612-197X, Vol. 11, no 2, 123-142 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The multicultural landscape of contemporary sport sets a challenge to rethink sport and exercise psychology research and practice through a culturally reflexive lens. This ISSP Position Stand provides a rigorous synthesis and engagement with existing scholarship to outline a roadmap for future work in the field. The shift to culturally competent sport and exercise psychology implies: (a) recognizing hidden ethnocentric philosophical assumptions permeating much of the current theory, research, and practice; (b) transitioning to professional ethics in which difference is seen as not inherent and fixed but as relational and fluid; and (c) focusing on meaning (instead of cause) in cross-cultural and cultural research projects, and cultural praxis work. In the paper, we first provide an overview of the concepts of cultural competence and ethics of difference. Second, we present a step-by-step approach for developing a culturally competent project rooted either within cross-cultural or cultural research. Third, we focus on cultural praxis as a project that blends theory, research, and lived culture of practice. Finally, we summarize main points in nine postulates and provide recommendations for enhancing cultural competence in the field of sport and exercise psychology. © 2013 Copyright International Society of Sport Psychology.

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Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology Inc. , 2013. Vol. 11, no 2, 123-142 p.
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cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, cultural praxis, culturally competent researcher, culturally competent practitioner
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-21717DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2013.779812ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84878784657OAI: diva2:614897
Available from: 2013-04-08 Created: 2013-04-08 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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