Parents are believed to be the primary and most critical sport socialisation agents for young children involved in sport and more commonly, parents are becoming increasingly involved in their child’s sporting participation (Lavoi & Stellino, 2008). Past research has highlighted that certain types of parental involvement has been linked to several negative outcomes for children in youth sport (Bois, Lalanne & Delforge, 2009). Recognising that parents are increasingly demonstrating negative or inappropriate involvement in youth sport, my research aims to explore the factors influencing parental involvement in youth sport and seeks to identify and evaluate strategies in maximising parents roles and engagement. The project will be valuable in providing insight into parental involvement in youth sport, in particular identifying the social and cultural factors in various youth sports that might be influencing parental involvement.
Start date:October 2018
Research Topic:In collaboration with NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit: Protecting the health and wellbeing of children in sport: The role of parents
Research pathway:Sport and Exercise Science
Research Supervisor:Dr Camilla Knight and Dr Tom Love
Supervising school:Sport and Exercise Science, Swansea University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship