Parents and junior sport – Central Queensland Today
A CQ University research team investigating parents’ experiences in junior sports is seeking participants for a new study.
The study seeks to understand the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of parents that help children have positive experiences in sport, but also those that can negatively impact a child’s sport experience.
As part of the study, participants will complete an anonymous online survey about their experiences on the margins and their own values and beliefs.
Lead researcher Dr Cassy Dittman of CQ University said there are many experiences, positive and negative, that impact overall enjoyment and engagement in junior sports for parents and their children. .
“The study aims to explore the important role parents play in helping their child enjoy sport and stay engaged in sport over time,” Dr. Dittman said.
“As parents, we enroll our children in sports because we all understand the significant benefits it has for children – physically, socially and emotionally.
“We know that the role of parents is essential in helping children and teenagers to love sport and to engage in it over the long term.
“There are many things parents do to help children and teens get involved in sport – from the financial aspects of registration and uniforms to the taxi driver who takes them to all their practices and matches – and to be their biggest supporter on the sidelines.
“However, there are also some things parents can do that could inadvertently lead to children having a bad sporting experience and losing motivation or possibly even giving up.
“The study findings have the potential to improve youth sport experiences and outcomes for parents and their children, through the development of programs designed to provide practical guidance to improve accessibility and increase enjoyment.”
Parents involved in all types of junior sports are encouraged to participate in the study.
To be eligible to participate, you must have a child between the ages of 8 and 18 that you have registered in any type of team or individual sport across Australia in 2022.
For more information on the survey, visit the CQUniversity website.