Emotion in sport: Considering interpersonal regulation strategies

Andrew P. Friesen, Andrew M. Lane, Tracey J. Devonport, Christopher N. Sellars, Damian N. Stanley, Christopher J. Beedie

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Research into emotion regulation in sport has predominantly focused on intrapersonal regulation of emotion response systems (i.e. subjective experience, cognitions, behaviours or physiological responses). However, researchers in social psychology have suggested that the emotion regulation process is inherently social and interpersonal. This shift represents a significant change in how emotion regulation is conceptualized and, given the intensity of emotions experienced in sport, represents a potentially productive line of enquiry. This review addresses interpersonal emotion regulation in sport, and draws attention to work in social psychology that might inform future sports research. Specifically, the utility of social-functional approaches will be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-154
JournalInternational Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2013


  • mood
  • affect
  • cohesion
  • intervention
  • group dynamics


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