Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Ben Anderson-Nathe

Subjects

Sports for children -- Psychological aspects, Parent and child

DOI

10.15760/honors.222

Abstract

In the United States, organized sports for children and youth play a key role in our country’s culture. Child participation in organized youth sports begins as young as the age of 5 and continues on to 18 years of age. Youth participation in athletics is premised upon the socially accepted notion that participation in competitive sports builds character, which in turn helps children learn valuable life lessons. However, recent studies have shown that youth athletics provides an environment for adults to become overly emotionally invested in their children’s athletic endeavors. This thesis examines varying levels of parental involvement in their children’s athletic participation and whether there is a corresponding effect of the athlete’s enjoyment of their sport and longevity of their careers.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Child & Family Studies.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/16914

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