RC Grant Findings: Women in Sport Psychology-Writing Them into Our History

By Krane, Vikki; Whaley, Diane E. | Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, February 2007 | Go to article overview

RC Grant Findings: Women in Sport Psychology-Writing Them into Our History


Krane, Vikki, Whaley, Diane E., Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport


To read the written history of sport psychology one easily could assume that women were absent from the field. Most introductory text books that have a chapter on the history of sport psychology, do not mention a single woman in our history (e.g., Cox, 2001; LeUnes & Nation, 2001; Murphy, 1995; Weinberg & Gould, 2003). Thus, the primary goal of this research was to develop an in-depth understanding of the experiences and contributions of the pioneering female sport psychologists. Using life history methodology, we explored the experiences and contributions of eight women who met the inclusion criteria (i.e., quantity and significance of scholarly publications, leadership in professional associations, influence on a substantial number of graduate students, and 25 years of professional involvement in sport psychology). This methodology allowed us to explore and validate their experiences, while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the social influences and contextual backdrop framing them (Cole & Knowles, 2001). Based on data from the biographical interviews, lasting 5-8 hr each, we developed in-depth profiles of each participant. In this presentation, we will highlight their unique progression and contributions to the field of sport psychology as well as discuss common themes across their interviews. …

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