Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Applied Sport Psychology: A Multicultural Introduction to Working with Athletes of Color

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 University of New Orleans
  • | 2 Duke University Medical Center
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This article examines from a theoretical perspective the most pertinent issues related to providing sport psychology consulting to athletes of color. A review of multicultural concepts including identity, acculturation/enculturation, generalizations, and stereotyping is presented. These concepts provide a framework within which to address issues and examples pertinent to African American, Latino, Asian American, and American Indian athletes. A multicultural sport psychology approach incorporating worldview and integrative theory is examined. Finally, future issues in multicultural sport psychology including changes in the population, female athletes of color, and the need for sport psychologists of color are discussed.

Anthony P. Kontos is an assistant professor specializing in sport psychology in the Department of Human Performance and Health Promotion at the University of New Orleans. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble is a postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Correspondence regarding this article should be sent to Anthony P. Kontos at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148, and electronic mail may be sent to <akontos@uno.edu>.
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