Positive Youth Development through Sport : second edition book cover
2nd Edition

Positive Youth Development through Sport
second edition

Edited By

Nicholas L. Holt

ISBN 9781138891814
Published March 22, 2016 by Routledge
264 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cutting through the political rhetoric about the power of sport as a tool for social change and personal improvement, this book offers insight into how and why participating in sport can be good for children and young people. As the first text to focus on the role of sport in positive youth development (PYD), it brings together high-profile contributors from diverse disciplines to examine critically the ways in which sport can be used to promote youth development.

Now in a fully updated, revised and expanded new edition, Positive Youth Development through Sport covers a wider range of disciplines including sport psychology, development psychology, physical education, sport development and sport sociology. Its three main sections focus on:

  • the theoretical and historical contexts of PYD
  • quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing PYD in sport
  • the potential of PYD in sport across different ages and abilities.

With expanded guidance on how to apply positive youth development in practice, this is essential reading for all students, researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers with an interest in youth sport.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part One: Conceptual Issues 1. Emergence of PYD and Applications to Sport 2. The Five C’s of PYD and Sport 3. Domains of Learning Experiences and Sport 4. Frameworks for Studying PYD in Sport Settings 5. Origins and History of PYD-Related Research in Sport Psychology 6. Sport-for-Development Programs 7. What Counts as Positive Youth Development Through Sport? Part Two: Measurement Issues 8. Quantitative Assessment of PYD in Sport 9. Qualitative Assessment of PYD in Sport Part Three: PYD Across Youth Sport Contexts 10. High School Sport 11. PYD and Talent Development 12. High Performance Sport 13. Life Skills and Leadership in Youth Sport 12. PYD in Marginalized Populations 15. Sport Programs for Underserved Youth 16. Positive Growth Experiences in Sport 17. Sport Participation and Mental Health Conclusion

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Nicholas L. Holt is a professor and leader of the Child and Adolescent Sport and Activity lab in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta (Canada). He conducts research examining psychosocial aspects of participation in sport and physical activity among children, adolescents, and their families.


"This work, in its second edition, brings together leading researchers from diverse disciplines to provide a critical examination of sport in the youth developmental process. The book takes a clear position that sport itself does not lead to positive youth development (PYD) and cuts through political and social stances on the role that sport plays in society. Contributors provide solid examples of approaches, structures, and delivery modes in which sport can positively influence child development. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and a, bove; faculty and professionals." - R. D. Sheptak Jr, CHOICE