A Systems Approach to Understanding and Counseling College Student-Athletes

Authors

  • Teresa B. Fletcher,

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    • Teresa B. Fletcher and Melanie J. Richburg, Department of Counseling, Exceptional Education and Psychological Studies, Clark Atlanta University

  • James M. Benshoff,

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    • James M. Benshoff, Counseling and Educational Development Department, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

  • Melanie J. Richburg

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    • Teresa B. Fletcher and Melanie J. Richburg, Department of Counseling, Exceptional Education and Psychological Studies, Clark Atlanta University


Clark Atlanta University, Department of Counseling, Exceptional Education and Psychological Services, School of Education, 223 James P. Brawley Dr., S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314 (e-mail: tbfletch@hotmail.com).

Abstract

Student-athletes have unique challenges as they confront pressures to perform both athletically and academically. The authors present a systems approach that will enhance the conceptualization skills that counselors need to intervene more effectively with college student-athletes as well as address counselors' own stereotypes and biases about student-athletes.

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