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Cheering for the Children: My Life’s Work in Youth Development Through Sport

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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Developmental Sport Psychology: A Theoretical Perspective for Studying Children In Sport

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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Developmental Consulting in a Professional Football Academy: The 5Cs Coaching Efficacy Program

Chris Harwood

The purpose of this article is to present practitioners and applied researchers with specific details of a developmental sport psychology program and coaching intervention at a professional football (soccer) academy in Great Britain. Based on a positive youth development agenda, initial consulting work with players and parents focused on education and monitoring of the 5Cs of football: Commitment, communication, concentration, control, and confidence. This was subsequently followed up with an educational and behavioral coaching intervention related to integrating the 5Cs in training and practice situations. The 4-month program aimed to specifically enhance a coach’s efficacy in shaping positive psychological and interpersonal skills in young players ranging in age from 9 to 14 years. Six coaches responsible for the development of 95 young players were involved in the program. The results of the intervention are presented for each individual coach and supplemented by interview data. Insights are provided into the role, value, and methodology behind applying sport psychology in youth-sport settings.

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Remembering Robert J. Brustad: An Enduring Image of Positivity and Optimism

Maureen R. Weiss

experiences in sport, bolstered by his academic background in sociology and developmental sport psychology and real-world experiences teaching and coaching children. He offered a convincing rationale for the use of developmental theories to guide the study of social influences and motivational outcomes and

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Advancing Youth Sport Scholarship: Selected Directions and Considerations

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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Youth Sport Motivation and Participation: Paradigms, Perspectives, and Practicalities

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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Motor Skill Development and Youth Physical Activity: A Social Psychological Perspective

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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Reflections on a Scholarly Career in Sport and Exercise Psychology: The Influence of Significant Others on the Psychosocial Well-Being of Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

Thelma S. Horn

.), Developmental sport and exercise psychology: A lifespan perspective (pp.  145 – 164 ). Fitness Information Technology . Garcia Bengoechea , E. ( 2002 ). Integrating knowledge and expanding horizons in developmental sport psychology: A bioecological perspective . Quest, 54 ( 1 ), 1 – 20 . https

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“It’s This Thing of Being an Olympian That You Don’t Get From Anything Else”: Changing Experiences of Canadian Individual-Sport Athletes With Olympic Team Selection

Carolyn E. McEwen, Laura Hurd Clarke, Erica V. Bennett, Kimberley A. Dawson, and Peter R.E. Crocker

developmental perspective on transitions faced by athletes . In M. Weiss (Ed.), Developmental sport psychology (pp.  503 – 524 ). Morgantown, WV : Fitness Information Technology . Wylleman , P. , Reints , A. , & Van Aken , S. ( 2012 ). Athletes’ perceptions of multilevel changes related to

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Understanding the Consequences of Newcomer Integration Processes: The Sport Team Socialization Tactics Questionnaire

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