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|Title: ||Parenting experiences in elite youth football: a phenomenological study|
|Authors: ||Clarke, Nicola J.|
Harwood, Chris G.
|Issue Date: ||2014|
|Publisher: ||© Elsevier Ltd|
|Citation: ||CLARKE, N.J. and HARWOOD, C.G., 2014. Parenting experiences in elite youth football: a phenomenological study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 15 (5), pp.528-537.|
|Abstract: ||Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of parents of elite specializing stage
Design: A descriptive phenomenological approach guided the study design.
Methods: Data from interviews with five mothers and five fathers of youth players registered to English
football academies were analysed using descriptive phenomenological analysis (Giorgi, 2009).
Results: Three essences characterized the phenomenon of being a parent of an elite youth footballer:
parent socialization into elite youth football culture; enhanced parental identity; and increased parental
responsibility. Parents' socialization into the football academy culture was facilitated by their interaction
with coaches and parent peers, highlighting the social nature of parenting. Being the parent of a child
identified as talented meant that parents experienced enhanced status and a heightened responsibility to
facilitate his development. Although parents were compelled to support their son in football, their instinct
to protect their child meant they experienced uncertainty regarding the commitment required to
play at an academy, given the potential for negative consequences. Together, these findings illustrate that
parents experienced a transition as their son progressed into the specialization stage of football. We
postulate that formal recognition of a child as talented contributed to this transition, and that knowledge
of sport and perception of the parentechild relationship shaped how parents adapted.
Conclusions: This study provides a new way of understanding the psychological phenomena of parenting
in elite youth football. Implications for practitioners working with parents in sport are provided.|
|Sponsor: ||This research was supported by the English Football Association as part of its Psychology for Football research strategy.|
|Version: ||Accepted version|
|Publisher Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2014.05.004|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)|
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