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|Title: ||Parental stressors in professional youth football academies: a qualitative investigation of specialising stage parents|
|Authors: ||Harwood, Chris G.|
Knight, Camilla J.
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||Routledge (© Taylor & Francis)|
|Citation: ||HARWOOD, C.G., DREW, A. and KNIGHT, C.J., 2010. Parental stressors in professional youth football academies: a qualitative investigation of specialising stage parents. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 2 (1), pp.39-55.|
|Abstract: ||In order to improve our understanding of parental experiences in elite youth sport,
the present study investigated parental stressors within the context of professional
football (i.e. soccer) academies in Great Britain. Focusing upon the specialising
stage of athlete development, a total of 41 parents attended six focus groups
exploring their experiences of stressors during the early and later phases of the
specialising stage. A hierarchical thematic content analysis led to four dimensions
of parental stressor: academy processes and quality of communication, matchrelated
factors, sport-family role conflict and school support and education issues.
Parents across the entire specialising phase identified uncertainty of their son’s
retention in the academy and quality of communication with staff as significant
ongoing stressors. Unfamiliar coaching and match practices emerged as stressors
for early stage parents, whereas the management of school and academy demands
was most prominent for later stage parents. Their experiences suggested that the
management of parents’ expectations for their child in an academy and the
ability for a professional club to communicate its ‘developmental’ and ‘nondevelopmental’
practices might be central to parental support and well-being.
Strategic implications for practitioners, coaches and organisations are presented
with these findings in mind.|
|Description: ||This article was published in the journal, Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise [Routledge (© Taylor & Francis)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19398440903510152|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19398440903510152|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)|
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