A comparison of parental attitudes toward competition in youth sports in relation to the sex of the participant and the selected sport

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James H. Phillips (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Celeste Ulrich

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to ascertain if differences existed in the attitudes of the parents of male and female youth sport participants toward intensive competition in youth sports. The sports of basketball, baseball, and swimming were studied. The subjects were 288 randomly selected parents of youth sport participants in the Harrisonburg and Staunton, Virginia area youth sport programs. The sample was composed of 123 fathers and 165 mothers. The parents who responded were related to 144 boys and 144 girls. Parents of basketball participants who responded numbered 95, baseball parent respondents numbered 92, and swimming parent respondents numbered 101. A 25-item Likert-type attitude scale, which was an adaption of Cobb's (1971) adaption of Scott (1953), was used to measure parental attitudes toward youth sport competition. Descriptive data of the parents and children were obtained from a questionnaire which accompanied the attitude scale. Analysis of variance procedures for both raw and factor scores were used to compare the parents' attitude scores based on the sex of the child, the relationship of the parent to the child, and the sport of the child. After a significant F was found in the analysis of variance of factor scores for the sports, Fisher's Protected Least Significant Difference multiple comparisons procedure was utilized to discover which sports were statistically different.

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Language: English
Date: 1979
Education $x Parent participation
Parents $x Attitudes
Sex discrimination in sports

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