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Maureen R. Weiss and Brenda Jo Bredemeier

A developmental theoretical approach is recommended as the most appropriate framework from which to study children's psychosocial experiences in sport. This perspective provides the best understanding of children's sport behaviors by focusing on ontogenetic changes in cognitive abilities which help to describe and explain behavioral variations among individuals. A content analysis of sport psychological research conducted on children and youth over the last decade reveals that few studies selected age groups for investigation that were based on underlying cognitive-developmental criteria. Thus, recommendations emanating from these studies may be misleading or inaccurate. Examples of developmental research from the psychological and sport psychological literature are provided to illustrate the potential for conducting further research on the psychosocial development of children in sport. Finally, guidelines for implementing a systematic line of research in sport psychology from a developmental perspective are outlined.

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Maureen R. Weiss

that Diane Gill ( 1995 ) referred to her as an “early predecessor of more recent developmental sport psychology research” (p. 425). I was inspired to continue my studies in the graduate program. Because Dr. Skubic was entering retirement, I had another mentor at UCSB, Dr. Robert Parrish, who served as

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Alex J. Benson and Mark Eys

). Developmental perspective on transitions faced by athletes . In M. Weiss (Ed.), Developmental sport psychology (pp.  507 – 527 ). Morgantown, WV : Fitness Information Technology . Appendix: Sport Team Socialization Tactics Questionnaire (STSTQ) Directions: This questionnaire is designed to assess your

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Maureen R. Weiss

, B.J. ( 1983 ). Developmental sport psychology: A theoretical perspective for studying children in sport . Journal of Sport Psychology, 5 , 216 – 230 . doi:10.1123/jsp.5.2.216 10.1123/jsp.5.2.216 Weiss , M.R. , & Kipp , L.E. ( 2018 ). Social relationships rock! How parents, coaches, and

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Alan L. Smith, Karl Erickson, and Leapetswe Malete

on developmental sport psychology and PYD-specific programs (e.g.,  Weiss, 2004 ), of Gould on life-skills development and coaching (e.g.,  Gould & Carson, 2008 ), and of Côté on developmental pathways and sport-development systems (e.g.,  Côté & Fraser-Thomas, 2011 ), among numerous others, have

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Keith V. Osai, Travis E. Dorsch, and Shawn D. Whiteman

.R. ( 2007 ). Educational research: An introduction ( 8th ed. ). Boston, MA : Pearson . García Bengoechea , E. ( 2002 ). Integrating knowledge and expanding horizons in developmental sport psychology: A bioecological perspective . Quest, 54 ( 1 ), 1 – 20 . doi:10.1080/00336297.2002.10491763. 10

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Maureen R. Weiss

.J. , & Kipp , L.E. ( 2012 ). Youth motivation and participation in sport and physical activity . In R.M. Ryan (Ed.) Oxford handbook of human motivation (pp. 520 – 553 ). New York, NY : Oxford University Press . Weiss , M.R. , & Bredemeier , B.J. ( 1983 ). Developmental sport psychology: A

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David I. Anderson

in the developmental sport psychology literature for quite some time (e.g., Horn & Weiss, 1991 ). It had also been expressed by scholars identified as mainstream in the field of motor development. For example, Jane Clark, in her landmark paper titled “On Becoming Skillful,” made the following