Understanding inequality: the experiences and perceptions of equality, diversity, and inclusion of those working or studying within sport and exercise psychology

Rob Morris*, Emily M. Pattinson, Moira Lafferty, Daniel J. Brown, Lloyd Emeka, J Williams, L Byrne, V Shanmuganathan-Felton, L. R. Kiemle-Gabbay

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Abstract

Discrimination and inequality are ever present in today’s society, with athletes facing racial abuse and LGBTQ+ individuals fearing for their safety at international events. Due to these additional stressors, the role of sport psychologists becomes increasingly important when supporting athletes from minority groups. An online questionnaire was developed to gain greater understanding of the equality, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) knowledge, perceptions, and experiences of those working, studying or researching in the field of sport and exercise psychology. The findings of the current study highlight the ongoing experiences of sexism, racism, homo/transphobia, and ableism experienced by participants, as well as the need for more suitable, in-depth training around ED&I subjects and guidance on meaningful action to combat inequality and discrimination in the field. The involvement of individuals from minority groups in the development, delivery and evaluation of training and research is necessary to move towards true inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-15
JournalSport and Exercise Psychology Review
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Quality
  • Diversity
  • Inclusion
  • sport
  • education

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