Youth sport programs : an avenue to foster positive youth development

Fraser-Thomas, Jessica L., Cote, Jean and Deakin, Janice (2005) Youth sport programs : an avenue to foster positive youth development. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 10 1: 49-70. doi:10.1080/1740898042000334890

Author Fraser-Thomas, Jessica L.
Cote, Jean
Deakin, Janice
Title Youth sport programs : an avenue to foster positive youth development
Journal name Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1740-8989
Publication date 2005-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1740898042000334890
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 70
Total pages 22
Place of publication West Malling [England]
Publisher Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Language eng
Subject 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
Abstract Concern about the growth in adolescent problem behaviours (e.g. delinquency, drug use) has led to increased interest in positive youth development, and a surge in funding for 'after school programs.' We evaluate the potential of youth sport programs to foster positive development, while decreasing the risk of problem behaviours. Literature on the positive and negative outcomes of youth sport is presented. We propose that youth sport programs actively work to assure positive outcomes through developmentally appropriate designs and supportive child-adult (parent/coach) relationships. We also highlight the importance of sport programs built on developmental assets (Benson, 1997) and appropriate setting features (National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, 2002) in bringing about the five 'C's of positive development (competence, confidence, character, connections, and compassion/caring: Lerner et al., 2000). An applied sport-programming model, which highlights the important roles of policy-makers, sport organizations, coaches and parents in fostering positive youth development is presented as a starting point for further applied and theoretical research.
Keyword Program design
Developmental assets
Sport participation
Sport dropout
Sport outcomes
Q-Index Code C1

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