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Ethical considerations in treating borderline personality in sport: A case example

Marchant, Daryl ORCID: 0000-0002-2149-1641 and Gibbs, P (2004) Ethical considerations in treating borderline personality in sport: A case example. Sport Psychologist, 18 (3). 317 - 323. ISSN 0888-4781

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Abstract

Case example material of sport psychologists working with psychopathology in sport settings is limited. Applied sport psychologists need to be attuned to athletes with personality disorders because the effects of various disorders require substantial management as they can seriously impede individual potential and affect team harmony. In the present paper, a case example of an elite athlete presenting with symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is discussed at length. Critical incidents are described to show BPD manifested in a professional sports context. The complexities of providing competent, ethical, and realistic solutions to the athlete with BPD proved to be especially challenging. Issues that posed significant ethical or practical concerns included making an initial diagnosis, the referral process, maintaining confidentiality, and secondary needs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychology; Psychologists; Athletes; Personality disorders; behaviors; Elite; Psychopathology
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2015 23:03
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 02:54
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/26389
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Citations in Scopus: 5 - View on Scopus

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