TITLE

"Do I Still Want to Play?" Parents' and Peers' Influences on Girls' Continuation in Sport

AUTHOR(S)
Atkins, Matthew R.; Johnson, Dustin M.; Force, Erica C.; Petrie, Trent A.
PUB. DATE
December 2013
SOURCE
Journal of Sport Behavior;Dec2013, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p329
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The motivational climate (Ames, 1992), as defined by parents' and peers' supportive behaviors is key for understanding children's psychological outcomes and intentions to remain involved in sports. We examined the relationship among parents' and peers' motivational behaviors and 227 girls' (aged 10-14 years) self-esteem, sport competence, enjoyment and their intention to continue sport participation. Structural equation modeling revealed that involved, warm and supportive parents were associated with early adolescent girls having higher levels of sport competence, self-esteem, and enjoyment in regards to playing their best sport. When compared alongside the influences of parents however, peer behaviors that focused on individual improvement, positive support and effort were not associated with these psychological outcomes. In terms of predicting the girls' intention to continuing participating in their best sport over the next 6-12 months, only enjoyment was significant. For these girls, parents were the primary influence in determining their positive psychological experiences in sport. As expected, fun/enjoyment was the key variable with respect to understanding who will remain involved in sport.
ACCESSION #
91815436

 

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