A renewed call to queer sport psychology
Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
We write this article to promote (again) integrating inclusive excellence and social justice to queer sport psychology. We advocate for the interrogation of the functionalist, hegemonic masculinist, and positivist foundation of the discipline of sport psychology which has inhibited attention to multicultural, inclusive, socially just approaches in our scholarship and practice. This disciplinary culture presents an enduring barrier to developing LGBTQ inclusive scholarship and practice with divergent epistemologies, theories, and methodologies. We propose a reframing of the field of sport psychology to emphasize compassionate inclusion. Such a change can create essential institutional scaffolding that will support the interfacing of social justice, LGBTQ inclusion, and sport psychology. We offer an array of strategies and suggestions that can support this cultural change and ultimately queer the field. Lay summary: We advocate for greater LGBTQ inclusion throughout the field of sport psychology. After critiquing the current status of LGBTQ research, we describe barriers to queer inclusion in sport psychology. We then propose reframing the discipline of sport psychology to emphasize compassionate inclusion and offer strategies to enhance institutionalizing inclusion.IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE Embrace cultural sport psychology and cultural praxis by integrating it in the training of sport psychology scholars and consultants, and in certification requirements Develop and make accessible resources for sport psychology professionals to become culturally competent/humble regarding LGBTQ sport participants Develop organizational infrastructure so that we can respond publicly to instances of homonegative, transnegative, or intersexist actions.
Department of Psychology
School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services
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UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Krane, Vikki and Waldron, Jennifer J., "A renewed call to queer sport psychology" (2021). Faculty Publications. 216.