Call for Paper | ‘New Approaches to Identity in Sport’ | Special Issue of Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. Call ends October 1, 2019

This is an open call for contributors to a special issue of Journal of Sport Psychology in Actionon ‘New Approaches to Identity in Sport’.

This special issue offers new theoretical, methodological and applied considerations on the important topic of identity in sport. The overriding consensus from existing research is that a strong identity (both athletic and practitioner) can foster motivation, commitment, and confidence, but a strong and exclusive identity is more likely to lead to difficulties and distress in career transition. Clearly, this has a number of implications for athlete and practitioner well-being, development, and performance. Research has also assumed that identity can be pinned down as a stable concept with a fixed meaning. Challenging this assumption, recent qualitative constructivist approaches have revealed the fluidity and context-specificity in how people develop identities in sport. At the same time, there have been a number of calls for sport psychology researchers to use more diverse—most often qualitative—methodologies to produce knowledge that represents more closely individuals’ lived experiences.

The aim of the special issue is to enhance the professional awareness, reflexivity and exchange of Sport Psychology practitioners worldwide with information on how new perspectives can assist us to better understand identities of athletes and sport psychology practitioners, and provides sport psychologists with application that will make a difference to the way they practice. Thus, we are interested in both applied practice narrative contributions that talk directly about identity related issues in sport psychology practice and sport psychologist development, and more theoretically or methodologically based reviews and commentaries about identity that have clear implications for sport psychology practice.

If you are interested in contributing to the special edition, please contact Dr. Martin Eubank by April 1, 2019.

Key deadlines for publication
    • First submission deadline: October 1, 2019
    • Final submission deadline: March 1, 2020
    • Publication Date: September 1, 2020
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