A Social Identity Approach to Sport Psychology: Principles, Practice, and Prospects

Rees, Tim, Haslam, S. Alexander, Coffee, Pete and Lavallee, David (2015) A Social Identity Approach to Sport Psychology: Principles, Practice, and Prospects. Sports Medicine, 45 8: 1083-1096. doi:10.1007/s40279-015-0345-4


Author Rees, Tim
Haslam, S. Alexander
Coffee, Pete
Lavallee, David
Title A Social Identity Approach to Sport Psychology: Principles, Practice, and Prospects
Journal name Sports Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1179-2035
0112-1642
Publication date 2015-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s40279-015-0345-4
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 45
Issue 8
Start page 1083
End page 1096
Total pages 14
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publisher Adis International
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Drawing on social identity theory and self-categorization theory, we outline an approach to sport psychology that understands groups not simply as features of sporting contexts but rather as elements that can be, and often are, incorporated into a person’s sense of self and, through this, become powerful determinants of their sport-related behavior. The underpinnings of this social identity approach are outlined, and four key lessons for sport that are indicative of the analytical and practical power of the approach are presented. These suggest that social identity is the basis for sports group (1) behavior, (2) formation and development, (3) support and stress appraisal, and (4) leadership. Building on recent developments within sport science, we outline an agenda for future research by identifying a range of topics to which the social identity approach could fruitfully contribute.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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