December 2008 Special Edition
Ethics in Sport Psychology
The present installment reflects the fifth consecutive year when Athletic Insightís staff has put forward a special edition. Previous editions have reflected a compilation pertaining to professional sport practice (Autumn, 2004), cultural sport psychology (Autumn, 2005), the projected future of the domain (Autumn, 2006), and applied practice within Olympic contexts. All of the features have reflected views of the international scholars who contribute to Athletic Insight, ongoing. The present installment is devoted to another topic that is always salient in sport and exercise psychology research and practice: ethics. Within this installment you will find contributions that reflect the views of authors who were challenged with the task of providing a submission from their respective interests. The installment begins with a paper authored by Jack Watson and Damien Clement from the University of West Virginia, United States. The topic matter is the dual role relationships that sport psychology members often find themselves in. Clearly there are several ways that dual roles surface within our domain and the authors provide some insight into the challenges that are posed through the process. The second submission was initially a submitted paper authored by Mary Jo Loughran from Chatham University and Edward Etzel from the University of West Virginia, United States. Their submission reflects work pertaining to the unique challenges posed when working with university athletes based upon their experiences in the United States. As the authors correctly point out, the university context is multicultural, and that challenges pertaining to practice must also account for the athleteís age and station as both student and athlete. From the ethical challenges posed by practice within university contexts, the authors also provide some suggestions for effective practice. Penny Werthner and John Coleman are from the University of Ottawa, in Canada. The authors bring to this submission extensive experience working with Canadian Olympians. Consequently, I asked the authors to consider the ethical challenges they encounter onsite when working with their clients onsite at the Olympics. The intent is to share their emic (insiderís) views with you the reader. Major games contexts are never easy to work in, and so the paper is intended to reflect the complexities that do arise in the moment on site within one high-pressure sport context. Finally, Andrew Lane from the University of Wolverhampton was asked to reflect on the ethical challenges posed during his work in elite amateur and professional boxing within the United Kingdom. Andrew is a former amateur boxer, and he now works with elite boxers in his region. From what the author indicates, boxing as you might have guessed, is also a challenging context to work with athletes given the potential for athlete harm.
Combined, the authors have provided an applied perspective on the intersection of sport psychology, ethics, and applied practice. From there reflections, AIís staff welcome you to the 2008 special edition.
Robert Schinke - Editor