The Environment, Structure, and Interaction Process of Elite Same-Sex Dyadic Sport Teams

in The Sport Psychologist

Click name to view affiliation

Tamara L. WickwireMcGill University

Search for other papers by Tamara L. Wickwire in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Gordon A. BloomMcGill University

Search for other papers by Gordon A. Bloom in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
, and
Todd M. LougheadMcGill University

Search for other papers by Todd M. Loughead in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Restricted access

The purpose of this study was to examine elite same-sex dyadic sport teams. Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with elite beach volleyball athletes. The results of the analysis revealed three higher-order categories: (a) sport environment, which included elements related to participation in beach volleyball such as challenges and comparisons between partnerships and other sports; (b) dyad structure and composition, which included individual and relationship elements that created a sense of balance in the partnership; and (c) dyadic interaction process, which focused on developing communication and cohesion in the partnership and working toward an ideal state where interaction was efficient and effective. The results of the study extend group dynamics literature by studying the dyad as a separate group entity and by revealing information specific to this group of athletes.

The authors are with the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University, 475 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4 CANADA. E-mail: gordon.bloom@mcgill.ca.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1647 743 122
Full Text Views 82 9 0
PDF Downloads 23 6 0