Taking the 'Sport' out of Sports Parenting: Toward a Theory of Sport Related Parent-Child Communication Competency
Date of Award
Fran Dickson, Ph.D.
Competency, Grounded theory, Parent-child communication, Sport
Research has shown that over-emphasis on winning is the number one reason why approximately seventy percent of the forty million children who participate in youth sports will quit by age 13. This study utilized a constructivist grounded theory approach to investigate the role of parent-child communication within the context of youth sports. A total of 22 athletes and 20 parents were recruited through a Western university to discuss messages exchanged during youth sport participation. The results suggest that the delineation between messages of support and pressure is largely dependent on discursive work done by both parent and child. Parents who employed competent communicative strategies to avoid miscommunications regarding participation and sports goals were able to provide support and strengthen the relationship despite pressurized situations. The present study frames the youth sport dilemma within a developing conceptualization of communicative (in)competence and offers theoretical implications for sport related parent-child communication competency (SRPCCC).
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Yandall, Marissa Metala, "Taking the 'Sport' out of Sports Parenting: Toward a Theory of Sport Related Parent-Child Communication Competency" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 956.
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Marissa Metala Yandall