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Parenting in Youth Sport

From Research to Practice, 1st Edition

By Nicholas L. Holt, Camilla J. Knight


144 pages

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Being the parent of a young athlete is a complex and challenging endeavour. Parents play a pivotal role in the development of young people in reaching their full potential in sport – indeed, the psychological and practical support of parents can be as vital to young athletes as the appropriate coaching and facilities. This book brings together current research into the impact of parenting in youth sport and examines the relationships between athletes, coaches and parents, whilst also discussing topics such as parenting styles, behaviour at competition and talent development.

This book not only outlines the theories of parenting in youth sport, but also utilises research and examples from several countries, including the UK, US, Canada, and Australia. It has a research-to-practice theme and includes numerous suggestions for research projects (and getting research published). Parenting in Youth Sport is an essential text for students, lecturers and practitioners with an interest in youth sport, sport psychology or sport development.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Overview of Issues Associated with Parenting in Youth Sport Chapter 3. Participation in Youth Sport Chapter 4. Youth Sport as a Vehice for Youth Development: Benefits and Risks Chapter 5. Parenting Styles Chapter 6. Parenting Involvement at Competitions Chapter 7. Talent Development and Roles of Parents Chapter 8. Stressors, Parenting and Coping in Youth Sport Chapter 9. Interactions Between Parents and Coaches Chapter 10. Putting Research into Practice: Working with Families Chapter 11. Communicating Research.

About the Authors

Nicholas L. Holt is a Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. He conducts research examining psychosocial aspects of youth sport and physical activity. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters along with two edited books.

Camilla J. Knight is a lecturer in the College of Engineering at Swansea University. Camilla’s research examines psychosocial experiences of children in sport, particularly focused upon the influence of parents. She has also worked closely with a number of national and international sports organizations.

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