Professional Women’s Career Experiences in Sport Psychology: A Feminist Standpoint Approach

in The Sport Psychologist
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In 1995, Gill discussed women’s place in the history and development of sport psychology. However, no research to date has explored women’s experiences working in the field of sport psychology. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of professional women’s career histories and experiences in sport psychology. The study was framed by qualitative research, and eight professional women working in the field of sport psychology were interviewed. Analysis of the data produced themes in the categories of (a) entrance into sport psychology, (b) women’s status in sport psychology, (c) qualified obstacles, (d) the feminist sport psychologist, and (e) supporting women in sport psychology. Differences between co-participants were also noted regarding the extent to which various themes were or were not a part of their experiences.

Emily A. Roper is with Temple University, Department of Kinesiology in Philadelphia, PA. 19122. E-mail: Leslee A. Fisher and Craig A. Wrisberg are with the Exercise, Sport, & Leisure Studies Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville 37996. E-mail: and

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