Personality in sport and exercise psychology: Integrating a whole person perspective

Coulter, Tristan J., Mallett, Clifford J., Singer, Jefferson A., & Gucciardi, Daniel F. (2016) Personality in sport and exercise psychology: Integrating a whole person perspective. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 14(1), pp. 23-41.

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This paper draws on contemporary views in personality psychology as a means for understanding people participating in sport and physical activity. Specifically, we focus on McAdams’ integrative framework [McAdams (2013). The psychological self as actor, agent, and author. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8, 272–295; McAdams & Pals (2006). A new big five: Fundamental principles for an integrative science of personality. American Psychologist, 61, 204–217] and suggest this framework as potentially generative in the field of sport and exercise psychology. McAdams indicates that people can be defined through three layers of understanding, incorporating (a) dispositional traits, (b) characteristic adaptations, and (c) narrative identities. Together these layers provide a vision of the whole person – a perspective of personality rarely adopted by the sport and exercise community. The aim of this paper is to introduce scholars and practitioners to the potential benefits of embracing this whole person outlook, and to discuss the opportunities and challenges McAdams’ framework may have for advancing scholarship in sport and exercise psychology.

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ID Code: 91406
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: integrative theorising; holism; dispositional traits; characteristic adaptations; narrative identity
DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2015.1016085
ISSN: 1557-251X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 International Society of Sport Psychology
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 17 March 2015,
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2015 23:16
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 18:17

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