Understanding the Interdependent Nature of Persons and Contexts in Youth sport: Implications for Future Research, Design, and Delivery in Youth Sport

Amand L. Hardiman*, Obidiah Atkinson, Valeria Eckardt, Dan J.M. Fleming

*Korrespondierende*r Autor*in für diese Arbeit

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftKonferenz-Abstract in FachzeitschriftForschungBegutachtung


Most children and adolescents participate in some form of organized sport, and the outcomes that they experience are influenced by interactions with other persons as well as the broader contexts in which their participation occurs. To help better understand these influences, Dorsch and colleagues (2020) proposed a heuristic model that integrates the many components of the youth sport system. Within the model, the youth sport system is defined as “the set of interdependent persons (parents, siblings, peers, and coaches) and contexts (organizations, communities, and societies) that influence and are influenced by an athlete’s behaviors, attitudes, experiences, and out- comes in youth sport” (p. 2). The purpose of this symposium is to present new sport and exercise psychology research that addresses the interdepen- dent nature of persons and contexts in youth sport. The symposium will begin with a brief overview of the youth sport system. Four empirical
studies will then be presented by graduate students from Canada, Ger- many, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The first study examines the backgrounds, values, and practices among youth sport coaches in Central Ohio and the need for contextualized trainings to address their diverse needs. The second study identifies a model of facilitators and barriers to the successful integration of parents into German professional youth soccer academies. The third study assesses the experi- ences of sport administrators and their role in keeping an elite volleyball club functional during the COVID-19 pandemic. The last study investi- gates parents’ perceptions and attitudes about their children returning to sport following pandemic-related restrictions. After the four scientific presentations, a diverse panel of discussants will offer observations of the emerging research through research, applied, and community lenses. The continued pursuit of integrated knowledge in this research area is expected to enable more effective promotion of positive developmental experiences in youth sport.
ZeitschriftJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Seiten (von - bis)S8
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2022
VeranstaltungNorth American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) Conference 2022 - Kona, Hawaii, USA/Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
Dauer: 26.05.202228.05.2022