Peer Group Experiences In Youth Sport

Authored by: Kacey Neely , Nicholas Holt

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932


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Peer group experiences can provide youth with opportunities to acquire a range of skills, attitudes, and behaviours that influence their development (Rubin et al., 1998; 2006). Good peer relationships during the teenage years are a marker of social competence (Morison and Masten, 1991) and predictive of healthy development in adulthood (Parker and Asher, 1987). Peer group experiences may also represent some of the most meaningful aspects of participation in youth sport. For instance, youth sport provides individuals with opportunities to expand their social networks, develop friendships and learn a range of social skills, such as how to work with other people (e.g. Holt et al., 2009; Holt et al., 2008). Given the achievement demands often associated with sport, combined with the unique public nature of performances and the prominent roles played by parents and coaches, youth sport provides a particularly interesting social context in which to study peer group experiences (cf. Weiss and Stuntz, 2004).

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