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Föräldrarnas engagemang i barnens idrottsföreningar - en verksamhet grundad på delaktighet, påverkan och intresse
2005 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Some youth sports clubs are dependent on parents involvement with commuting, officiating, selling raffle tickets, vending refreshments, coaching, or being board members to be able to strive, and in some cases even for the clubs survival. In these cases the tasks have been divided among a relatively large group of members, in order to achieve a balance between what is needed by the club as well as what can be achieved by it’s members, which will benefit the key elements of a democratic process. Though there exists a strong common belief regarding parents involvement in sports there has been a great lack of scientific research in the field. The purpose of this study has therefore been to research parent’s involvement in their children’s (ages 7-12 years) sports clubs, as well as to study parent’s insights and understandings of the activity in their child’s youth sport club. Data was gathered, using a questionnaire with mostly closed questions, from 734 parents of children from a total of 97 different youth sport clubs throughout Sweden. Their responses was analyzed using theories of the democratic process as well as a model containing the different dimensions of parental involvement in their children’s youth sport clubs. The model was structured on their specific involvement as well as how the specific involvement affects the total parental involvement in the youth sport clubs. The results show that parents are active to a high extent, 80% of the parent’s claims that they are involved in their children’s youth sport club. The most common activity was to drive the child to a game or a practice. A parent was involved 3,5 hours/week on an average. The study further shows that parental involvement is most common in team sports, and that more time is spent on a boy’s youth sport club then a girl’s. There is no difference in involvement based on the parent’s gender, though fathers time-involvement are significantly greater than mothers. The results further showed that the parents knowledge of their children’s youth sport clubs organization and goals as relatively good. But they did not have extensive knowledge about the youth sport club’s financial position. A discussion about the importance of high parental involvement, not only as an important financial resource but as well as a condition for a well functioning democracy in Sweden, was also carried out. Keywords: Sport, Sport Clubs, Parents, Children, and Involvement.

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2005. , 77 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-58759Local ID: IDV D-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-58759DiVA: diva2:1123459
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Sports Science
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