Attitudes Toward Seeking Sport Psychology Consultation Among Wheelchair Basketball Athletes

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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The purpose was to assess athletes’ attitudes toward seeking sport psychology consultation (SPC) and to examine demographic variables in relation to attitudes toward sport psychology consultants (SPCs). Participants were 53 wheelchair basketball athletes (34 males, 19 females). Data were collected with the Attitudes Toward Seeking Sport Psychology Consultation Questionnaire (ATSSPCQ) of Martin, Wrisberg, Beitel, and Lounsbury (1997). Participants exhibited a range of stigmas toward SPCs, an openness toward consulting with an SPC, and a recognition of need for an SPC. ANOVAs indicated no significant differences between genders, races, ages, educational levels, and SPC experience on ATSSPCQ scores. The results suggest that some wheelchair athletes are amenable to the notion of utilizing an SPC and provide further impetus for SPCs to work with athletes with disabilities.

Stephen J. Page <spage@kmrrec.org> is a Research Scientist with Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research & Education Corporation, West Orange, NJ 07052 and an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ; Scott B. Martin is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX.; Valerie K. Wayda is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Education at Ball State University, Muncie, IN.

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