Based on an extensive national research project with global relevance, this pioneering volume draws on unique data on bullying in youth sports training collected from both athletes and coaches using a variety of methodological approaches. Nery, Neto, Rosado and Smith use this research to establish a baseline of the prevalence of bullying among young male athletes, offering evidence-based strategies for prevention and providing a solid theoretical basis for the development of anti-bullying intervention programs.
Bullying in Youth Sports Training explores how often bullying occurs, how long it lasts, where and when bullying takes place, the coping strategies used by victims, and the individual roles of victims, bystanders and bullies. It provides new insights into theories of youth sport bullying and highlights the particular characteristics specific to bullying in sport. The backgrounds of bullies and victims are also explored, as well as the consequences and practical implications of sustained bullying. The book provides both theoretical and practical approaches to bullying in youth sport training, providing anti-bullying guidelines based on the results of the research.
The book is essential reading for scholars and students in child development and sport sciences as well as sports coaches and professionals in mental health, education and social work.
Table of Contents
About the authors
PART I. CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
Chapter 1 – Research on bullying
Chapter 2 - History of sport, violence in sport and issues in youth sport training
Chapter 3 – The Portuguese context
PART II. RESEARCH ON BULLYING IN YOUTH SPORT TRAINING
Chapter 4 – Methods
Chapter 5 – Quantitative data: frequency of bullying behaviours
Chapter 6 – Quantitative data: circumstances of bullying episodes
Chapter 7 – Qualitative data: narratives of the athletes
Chapter 8 – Qualitative data: narratives of the coaches
Chapter 9 – Qualitative data: narratives of the ex-elite athletes
PART III. CONCLUSIONS AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS
Chapter 10 – Discussion and conclusions
Chapter 11 – Coach abuse
Chapter 12 – Practical implications, and guidelines for athletes, parents and coaches
APPENDICES – Questionnaire and Interview scripts
Miguel Nery is a clinical psychologist and psychodynamic psychotherapist. He is currently a researcher at the Motor Behaviour Laboratory in the Faculty of Human Kinetics, Lisbon University, Portugal. He is responsible for a Portuguese Government funded intervention project about Bullying in Sport "Red Card to Bullying".
Carlos Neto is Full Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, Lisbon University, Portugal. He is a member of the Motor Behaviour Laboratory.
António Rosado is Full Professor at the Faculty of Human Kinetics, Lisbon University Portugal. He is a member of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Laboratory.
Peter Smith is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.