"How do I know I’m doing a good job?”: Exploring the influence of stakeholder interactions on the development of practitioner identity within applied sport psychology

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Abstract

Objectives: Contemporary research has identified identity as being an under-researched area within applied sport psychology. Concurrently, recent research
has identified the micro-political nature of sport psychology contexts, and the
significance of stakeholder interactions in shaping the professional self-understanding of applied practitioners. Utilizing a multi theoretical perspective,
this oral paper seeks to explore how interactions with key stakeholders' shape
and inform practitioner identity in relation to practitioner’s current roles and
responsibilities.

Methods: Purposive sampling identified 10 UK-based practitioners (6 male and
4 female) who gave their informed consent to take part in the research. All were
either registered with the Health Care Professions Council or engaged on a
professional accreditation pathway. Practitioners outlined their career histories
on a timeline, highlighting key stakeholders within their current environment.
These timelines informed semi-structured interviews, accruing over 9 hours of
data that were then transcribed verbatim and analysed using reflexive thematic
analysis.

Findings and Discussion: The analysis process generated three themes: Out of
sight, out of mind; left to my own devices; feeling a part and apart. These
themes encapsulate the impact of practitioners’ interactions with key
stakeholders, their experiences of a lack of proximal line management, and
their own perceived importance and contribution to their respective
organisations.

Conclusions: The findings identify the contextually bound nature of practitioner
identity and professional self-understanding. Recommendations are made as to
how supervisory and peer-support processes can develop practitioner
understanding around stakeholder interactions, and the subsequent impact that
these can have on the formation and maintenance of practitioner identity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2022
EventQualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health - Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jul 202228 Jul 2022
Conference number: 8
https://www.qrsesoc.com/conference

Conference

ConferenceQualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityDurham
Period26/07/2228/07/22
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