“He Leaned His Body Against Mine and Pushed Himself Against Me”: A Narrative of Sexual Harassment in Mental Performance Consulting

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  • 1 Infinity Mental Performance, LLC
  • 2 Western Illinois University
  • 3 Adler University
  • 4 University of Tennessee
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Mental performance consultants in training need to be prepared to respond to the various ethical dilemmas they may encounter, including sexual misconduct. Sexual harassment (i.e., unwanted attention of a sexual nature that may create an uncomfortable environment) is a form of sexual misconduct that has increased dramatically in the general U.S. population. In this paper, the authors provide a composite narrative from the point of view of the “victim” of sexual harassment (i.e., a neophyte mental performance consultant) while consulting with a high school team. Then, the authors examine and interpret the narrative in light of four complicating factors: (a) gender identity and other demographics, (b) context, (c) training and experience, and (d) handling/reporting incidents of sexual harassment. Finally, the authors pose questions for readers related to each complication and present implications for sport psychology students and faculty.

DeLisio is with Infinity Mental Performance, LLC, Troy, NY, USA. Lauer is with Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, USA. Shigeno is with Adler University, Chicago, IL, USA. Fisher and Zakrajsek are with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA.

DeLisio (Delisio.Danielle@gmail.com) is corresponding author.
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