Parental support in youth sport

A case of optimizing the motivational climate

Authored by: Chris Harwood

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324


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Within both youth sport research and practice, parents have represented a population of consistent interest for developmental sport psychologists (Fredricks & Eccles, 2004). Parents are perceived to be key stakeholders in facilitating both “talent” and “positive youth” development objectives (Côté, 1999; Harwood, Douglas & Minniti, 2012; Holt & Dunn, 2004), and the quality of the environment shaping the child-athlete through appropriate adult role models and supportive relationships is perceived as vital to an athlete’s psychosocial growth (Fraser-Thomas, Côté & Deakin, 2005).

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