The Psychology of Coaching

Daniel Gould and E. Missy Wright

in The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199731763
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Psychology of Coaching

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The psychology of coaching can be viewed as the scientific study and application of the practice of supporting individuals in achieving specific personal and organizational performance goals, as well as the achievement of nonperformance personal development. Once only associated with sport, coaching psychology is used today to assist individuals of all ages in a wide variety of environments (e.g., military, business, schools). Although the practice of coaching has expanded greatly, research and theory in the area lags. To help rectify this situation, this chapter summarizes the psychology of coaching research, identifies gaps in its knowledge base, and outlines future research directions. This is accomplished first by looking at the traditional context of sport, then expanding to other nonsport areas where coaching is being applied. It is concluded that instead of conducting research in isolated domain-specific silos, researchers should integrate research knowledge across areas.

Keywords: Coaching; psychology of coaching; high performance

Article.  15726 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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