Document Type

Conference Proceeding


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Youth sport participation in our society is on the rise, with 90% of children taking part in some form of organized sport between the ages of 5 and 17. With more children becoming more active in sporting activities, the role of par ents can impact parent/child communication and mold the character of the child. Parents with p ositive involvement in their child’s activities emphasized skills such as hard work and team building rather than winning or losing. The way involved parents communicated with children also impacted the motivation a child had for participating in a sport. Children receiving positive messages about their activity, participation, and involvement had more m otivation to play. A project was proposed to examine the parental communication with children in various sports over a year. The researcher would observe children and parents in sp orting events and take note of attitudes and communication. This study would help uncover th e role of parental involvement and communication in sporting activities.

Faculty Advisor

Helen Sterk