Looking the Part: Female sports psychologists' body mass index and dress influences athletes' perceptions of their potential effectiveness

Lovell, Geoff, Parker, John, Brady, Abbe, Cotterill, Stewart and Howatson, Glyn (2011) Looking the Part: Female sports psychologists' body mass index and dress influences athletes' perceptions of their potential effectiveness. The Sport Psychologist, 25 (1). pp. 82-93. ISSN 0888-4781

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Abstract

Research has reported that initial evaluations of consultants' competency are affected by dress and build. This investigation examined how athletes' perceptions of sport psychology consultants (SPCs) are affected by SPCs' physical characteristics of BMI and dress, and whether these perceptions are moderated by the athletes' sex or standard of competition. Two hundred and thirty three competitive sports volunteers classified by sex and competitive standard viewed computer generated images of the same female SPC in sports and formal attire manipulated to represent a range of body mass indexes. Participants were asked to rank the SPCs in order of their preference to work with them, and to rate their perceived effectiveness of each of the SPCs. Results demonstrated that SPCs' physical characteristics do influence athletes' preference to work with them and perceptions of their effectiveness. Furthermore, athlete's competitive standard does significantly moderate initial evaluation of SPCs based on physical characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: BMI,body image
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 15:03
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:42
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4061

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