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PSYC 3480
Anneke Olthof

Chapter 13 – Fallacy of Fairness  Win-at-all cost mentality and willingness of coaches, athletes, and supporters to do almost anything to gain competitive edge, including using performance enhancing substances, are well documented  Players expected to bend rules, e.g. taking 'good penalties' in hockey if contribute to prevention of a goal o Some hockey players have role of 'enforcer' and behave in ways that result in criminal charges and/or civil suits if occurred on street  Players, judges, and referees may accept illegal payments or other incentives to influence the outcomes of competition  Ethical considerations of basic standards of right and wrong extend to working of sport psychologists and relationships with athletes, coaches, and parents o Consultants have ethical responsibility to assist and do no harm The Just World Hypothesis  Athletes, coaches, and parents hold illusory belief that good things happen to good people and vice versa o Individuals and teams supposed to get what they deserve, and deserve what they get. Assume that better teams and individuals win, and in a just world they would  'Blame the victim' tendency, often found outside sport, can be generalized to individuals and teams in sport. Because of people's trust and belief in a just world, athletes or teams who lose may be blamed for defeat by pointing to lack of character, or mental toughness, or other characteristics Attributions of Control  In attempt to justify losses and maintain sense of fairness people tend t
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