Psychological development and females’ sport participation: An interactional perspective

Maureen R. Weiss, Susan D. Glenn

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Dorothy Hams’s writings have consistently reflected a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of an integrated sport science perspective for understanding females’ participation and performance in the physical domain. Her advocacy for a 7ldquo;somatopsychic” approach included a consideration of the sociological, psychological, biological, and physical factors that interact to influence patterns of involvement and performance potential. Although a complete integration of subdisciplines within the sport sciences would be a formidable task, the purpose of this article is to first review selected research findings pertaining to females’ sport socialization, psychological development, and biological and cognitive maturation. Then, a heuristic model is proposed as an initial attempt to represent an interactional approach to understanding females’ sport participation and as a framework for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-157
Number of pages20
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1992


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