First Advisor

Ben Anderson-Nathe

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Child and Family Studies and University Honors


Child and Family Studies


Sports for children -- Psychological aspects, Parent and child




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.


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