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

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

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
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/26389
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords Psychology; Psychologists; Athletes; Personality disorders; behaviors; Elite; Psychopathology
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