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Abstract: In order to examine youth experiences in athletic activities with
different characteristics, the present study explored the developmental outcomes associated
with participation in three different types of sport (individual sports, team sports, and
dance-type sports) as well as across six patterns of participation (no participation,
joining sports, constant participation, changing ... read moreparticipation, dropping out, and
inconsistent participation), using data from Grades 10, 11, and 12 of the 4-H Study of
Positive Youth Development. Results indicated that female youth who participated in
athletics across all three years, as well as youth who participated simultaneously in both
individual and team sports, showed the most favorable outcomes when compared to youth who
did not participate in athletics, with results varying by sex. Findings are discussed in
relation to prior work on youth sport participation from an embodied relational
developmental systems perspective, and suggestions for future research are
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Richard Lerner.
Committee: Christine McWayne, and Jacqueline Lerner.
Keyword: Developmental psychology.read less