Qualitative methods and conceptual advances in sport psychology

Brett Smith, Nick Caddick, Toni Williams

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This chapter critically reviews the literature on qualitative methods in order to understand how it has, and can continue to, conceptually advance sport psychology. First, the dominant qualitative methods used within sport psychology – interviews - are discussed. Several problems with how interviews are conceptualised, used and articulated are identified. Possibilities for improving research that uses interviews are also offered for consideration. Next, to expand our methodological repertoire and conceptually advance the field a range of under-used as well as emerging methods are highlighted. These include observation, diaries, visual methods, and the internet. It is hoped this chapter acts as a resource for improving how qualitative research is done in sport psychology and making conceptual advances through this craft.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Advances in Sport Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationA Review
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9780415744379
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2015


  • qualitative research
  • interviews
  • diaries
  • visual methods
  • internet
  • sport psychology


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