The purpose of this study was to gain understanding of adolescents’ positive and negative developmental experiences in sport. Twenty-two purposefully sampled adolescent competitive swimmers participated in a semistructured qualitative interview. Content analysis led to the organization of meaning units into themes and categories (Patton, 2002). Athletes suggested their sport involvement facilitated many positive developmental experiences (i.e., related to challenge, meaningful adult and peer relationships, a sense of community, and other life experiences) and some negative developmental experiences (i.e., related to poor coach relationships, negative peer influences, parent pressure, and the challenging psychological environment of competitive sport). Findings underline the important roles of sport programmers, clubs, coaches, and parents in facilitating youths’ positive developmental experiences in sport, while highlighting numerous important directions for future research. Implications for coach training and practice are outlined.
Jessica Fraser-Thomas and Jean Côté
Michel Milistetd, Pierre Trudel, Steven Rynne, Isabel Maria Ribeiro Mesquita and Juarez Vieira do Nascimento
element of why higher education institutions exist. The new generation of learners, often called Millennial students or Generation Y, entering colleges and universities are said to have their own characteristics (e.g., over-protective parents, pressure to achieve), expectations (e.g., high marks with
Cassidy Preston and Jessica Fraser-Thomas
supportive during the season, a bombardment of parent pressure to win triggered much reflection and some self-doubt after a pair of losing games that we had the potential to win midseason, whereby parents were critical of my management of playing time: I have never been hit so hard with the pressure to win
Bobbi-Jo Atchison and Donna L. Goodwin
. Educational and peer support opportunities before, during, and after transitions may ease parent pressures at times of transition. Transition programs aimed at parents could include educational supports designed to decrease apprehensions and letting go of old perceptions and utilizing one’s strategies (e