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Gatekeepers’ experiences of hiring a sport psychologist: a phenomenological study

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posted on 17.10.2018, 13:16 by Toby H. Woolway, Chris Harwood
Within applied sport psychology, the process of gaining entry, specifically the employment interview, has received little attention relative to other stages of practice. This study, guided by an interpretative phenomenological approach, aimed to understand the experiences of gatekeepers to practice within United Kingdom elite sport who have been directly involved in the hiring of sport psychologists. Semistructured interviews with 7 participants were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Four essences emerged: consultant affability, consultant confidence versus arrogance, consultant collaboration, and presentation of consultant competency. These findings highlight the importance of developing interpersonal skills, interview technique, and self-promotion skills in sport psychology practitioners. In addition, a number of features specific to the sport psychology employment interview are discussed.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Volume

31

Issue

4

Pages

474-493

Citation

WOOLWAY, T. and HARWOOD, C.G., 2018. Gatekeepers' experiences of hiring a sport psychologist: a phenomenological study. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 31(4), pp. 474-493.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (© Association for Applied Sport Psychology)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on 17 September 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10413200.2018.1484394.

Acceptance date

29/05/2018

Publication date

2018-09-17

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1041-3200

eISSN

1533-1571

Language

en

Usage metrics

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Keywords

Exports