The professional quality of life of sport psychologists: development of a novel conceptualization and measure

Alessandro Quartiroli, Chris Wagstaff, Edward Etzel

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Scholars within the field of psychology have increasingly reflected on the cost of caring and the quality of life of people in helping professionals. Indeed, the balance between the positive and the challenging aspects of this helping profession has become central in this discourse. In line with these developments, researchers have attempted to better understand Sport Psychology-Professional Quality of Life (SP-PQL). In this manuscript, we present the findings of a Delphi method study in which we aimed to develop an operational definition, conceptualization, and measure of SP-PQL. Specifically, we outline a rigorous, iterative three-stage Delphi process which was undertaken to reach expert panel consensus. In total, 16 participants with over 10 years of experience in sport psychology, completed the three-stage Delphi. This study extends knowledge on quality of life in sport psychology via the development of a bi-dimensional model comprising challenges to and strategies to foster (SP-PQL). Moreover, the Delphi process led to the development of a novel instrument to measure SP-PQL among this professional group. Definitional, conceptual, and measurement advances emanating from this study and future considerations are discussed in relation to professional development, education, and future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-167
Number of pages13
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • professional development
  • Delphi methodology
  • Effective practice
  • Ethics
  • professional practice


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