Reprint of: Working with religious and spiritual athletes: Ethical considerations for sport psychologists


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Abstract

With a growing number of sport performers revealing their religious and spiritual beliefs, it is becoming increasingly important for sport psychologists to recognize and appreciate the values (and value systems) to which such beliefs are attached. Using the RRICC model (Plante, 2007) as a framework for discussion, and through the lens of cultural praxis, the purpose of this article is to highlight ethical issues for sport psychologists when working with religious and spiritual athletes. The RRICC model addresses the ethical principles of respect, responsibility, integrity, competence, and concern. It is hoped that a discussion of these guidelines will help sport psychologists better navigate the often challenging landscape of working with athletes whose everyday lives and identities are grounded in religious and spiritual association.HighlightsWe highlight ethical issues for those working with religious and spiritual athletes.The RRICC model (Plante, 2007) is used as a framework for discussion through the lens of cultural praxis.We explore the principles of respect, responsibility, integrity, competence, and concern.Practical examples of working with religious and spiritual athletes are provided.

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