Culturally Competent Sport Psychology: A Survey of Sport Psychology Professionals’ Perception of Cultural Competence

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  • 1 University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
  • 2 Ithaca College
  • 3 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 4 Laurentian University
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Cultural competence, identified as the ability to understand other cultures and being aware of one’s own cultural assumptions, has been found to be important for sport psychology professionals (SPPs). In the current study, one of a few exploring the SPPs’ own perceived cultural competence, a sample of 203 SPPs completed an online survey examining the perceptions of their own levels of cultural competence. Most participants reported receiving formal training in cultural competence. However, this training was perceived as only moderately effective and only able to predict the reported level of the SPPs’ perceived cultural competence in a limited way. These results could be attributed to the reported lack of support for SPPs engaging in culturally centered self-reflective practice and to the limited role that these factors have played in training programs. Additional findings are described and discussed, along with recommendations for professional development and applied training.

Quartiroli is with the Dept. of Psychology, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, USA. Vosloo is with Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, USA. Fisher is with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, USA. Schinke is with Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada.

Quartiroli (aquartiroli@uwlax.edu) is corresponding author.
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