This paper addresses the ethical issues confronting a sport psychologist electing to work with participants in boxing, in part in response to a position taken by the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. Relevant issues for working with participants in other sports are discussed as well. The impacts of the interventions on the individual worked with, as well as on opponents, are considered in light of potential ethical dilemmas.
Steven R. Heyman is with the Department of Psychology at the University of Wyoming, Box 3415, University Station, Laramie, WY 82071-3415.
Portions of this paper were presented in M. Maliszewski, Chair, Boxing: Medical, Psychological, and Ethical Evaluations, a symposium presented at the 1987 meeting of the American Psychological Association, New York City, August 29, 1987.