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dc.contributor.author Martin I. en_US
dc.contributor.author David en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-21T10:32:49Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-21T10:32:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-01 en_US
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2008.06.005 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Jones , M I & Lavallee , D 2009 , ' Exploring the life skills needs of British adolescent athletes ' Psychology of Sport and Exercise , vol 10 , no. 1 , pp. 159-167 . , 10.1016/j.psychsport.2008.06.005 , 10.1016/j.psychsport.2008.06.005 en_US
dc.identifier.other PURE: 143893 en_US
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/4007 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/4007
dc.description.abstract Youth sport programs have been designed to facilitate positive development of young sports people by teaching life skills. It is unclear which life skills are needed by adolescent athletes and which life skills should be included in youth sport programs. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore how life skills are defined, which life skills British adolescent athletes need, and which life skills are the most important.Design and method Nineteen adolescent athletes, 10 coaches, 4 experts in sport psychology (pilot group) and 5 graduate students (pilot group) participated in a series of focus groups. An inductive analysis revealed how life skills are defined, which life skills British adolescent athletes need, and of these skills which are the most important.Results Life skills were defined as ranges of transferable skills needed for everyday life, by everybody, that help people thrive. Participants described the need for interpersonal skills including social skills, respect, leadership, family interactions, and communication. Personal skills including self-organization, discipline, self-reliance, goal setting, managing performance outcomes, and motivation, were also reported. Social skills were identified as the most important life skills.Conclusions In conclusion, findings add support to existing positive youth development research while adding an insight into which life skills should be built into youth sport programs in the United Kingdom. en_US
dc.format.extent 9 en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Psychology of Sport and Exercise en_US
dc.title Exploring the life skills needs of British adolescent athletes en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Department of Sport & Exercise Science en_US


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