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dc.contributor.author Jones, Martin I.
dc.contributor.author Lavallee, David
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-21T10:32:49Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-21T10:32:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-01
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
dc.identifier.other PURE: 143893
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/4007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/4007
dc.description Jones, M.I., Lavallee, D. (2009). Exploring the life skills needs of British adolescent athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 10(1), 159-167. Martin Jones is corresponding author en
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
dc.format.extent 9 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Psychology of Sport and Exercise en
dc.title Exploring the life skills needs of British adolescent athletes en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2008.06.005
dc.contributor.institution Department of Sport & Exercise Science en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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