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Young People’s Experiences of Parental Involvement in Youth Sport

Ase Strandbu, Kari Stefansen, Ingrid Smette, and Morten Rensio Sandvik

The Big Idea 

“Involved parenthood” in organized youth sports is what these Norwegian researchers are attempting to better understand.  Child-centered parenting they note—using the United States as an example—is still evolving since its early cultural development in the 1960s.  Organized youth sport in those days was in its infancy, preceding the appearance of involved parents.  On a personal note, this reviewer—who is from the U.S.—recalls his early childhood sporting days in the 1960s, and happily with no parents in sight—which...

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