The prism of culture: seeing through the lens of globally situated sport psychology professionals

Alessandro Quartiroli*, Justine Vosloo, Robert J. Schinke, Shelbie Anderson, Leslie A. Fisher, Thierry Robert Frederic Middleton

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The current study was undertaken to develop an understanding of how sport psychology professionals (SPPs) attribute meaning to the concept of culture within the context of their scholarly and applied work. Researchers examined how 25 internationally located SPPs described the construct of culture using Hill’s (2012) Consensual Qualitative Research. Their description of culture, which was grounded in their professional and personal experience within the sport psychology field, entailed three domains: (a) the multifaceted meaning of culture; (b) cultural development as the result of internal processes; and (c) cultural development as a contextual social interaction. These SPPs’ description of culture also helped us to identify some of the key aspects that may be considered relevant to conceptualize culture within the sport psychology professional context. SPPs could benefit from exploring and integrating these key aspects as a way to engage in culturally grounded applied and scholarly sport psychology practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-70
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • sport psychology practitioners
  • sport psychology scholars
  • culture
  • culture competence


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