Parents' perceptions of positive youth development through sport

  • Author / Creator
    Neely, Katherine C
  • The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine parents’ perceptions of their children’s positive youth development (PYD) through participation in organized youth sport programs. Twenty-two parents (12 mothers, 10 fathers, M age = 38.9 years) of children 5 to 8 years who were involved in an organized sport program participated in individual semi-structured interviews. Data were subjected to qualitative analysis techniques based on the interpretive description methodology. Data analysis suggested that children developed positive self-perceptions through exploration in sport. Parents reported a range of social, physical, and personal benefits children gained through sport and there appeared to be a reciprocal relationship between these perceived benefits and the development of positive self-perceptions. Results revealed that parents and coaches contribute to children’s PYD by creating an environment that focuses on enjoyment and skill development and de-emphasizes competition. Applied implications for the delivery of youth sport programs to promote PYD are discussed.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Holt, Nicholas (Physical Education and Recreation)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Harach, Lori (Human Ecology)
    • McHugh, Tara-Leigh (Physical Education and Recreation)