Nicole Bolter

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My research focuses on understanding how participation in sport and physical activity can be a growth experience for children and adolescents, including the role coaches, parents, and peers play in shaping youths’ motivational processes and life skill development. The goal of my work is to inform how physical activity contexts can be structured to enhance young participants’ psychosocial and behavioral outcomes. Drawing from the positive youth development through physical activity framework, I have conducted recent studies on effective coaching behaviors, character development, and evaluation of a physical-activity based youth development program.


Selected Publications

  • Bolter, N. D., & Kipp, L. E. (2016). Sportspersonship coaching behaviours, relatedness need satisfaction, and early adolescent athletes’ prosocial and antisocial behaviour. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. doi: 10.1080/1612197X.2016.1142461
  • Weiss, M. R., Bolter, N. D., & Kipp, L. E. (2016). Evaluation of The First Tee in promoting positive youth development: Group comparisons and longitudinal trends. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2016.1172698
  • Weiss, M. R., Bolter, N. D., & Kipp, L. E. (2014). Assessing impact of physical activity-based youth development programs: Validation of the Life Skills Transfer Survey (LSTS). Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 85(3), 263-278. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2014.931558
  • Bolter, N. D., & Weiss, M. R. (2013). Coaching behaviors and adolescent athletes’ sportspersonship outcomes: Further validation of the Sportsmanship Coaching Behaviors Scale (SCBS). Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 2, 32-47. doi: 10.1037/a0029802
  • Bolter, N. D., & Weiss, M. R. (2012). Coaching for character: Development of the Sportsmanship Coaching Behaviors Scale (SCBS). Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 1, 73-90. doi: 10.1037/a0026300


Courses Taught at SFSU

  • KIN 384: Research Methods in Kinesiology
  • KIN 710: Research in Kinesiology
  • KIN 715: Research Designs and Analysis
  • KIN 763: Motivation and Performance