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Title: A phenomenological interpretation of the parent-child relationship in elite youth football
Authors: Harwood, Chris G.
Clarke, Nicola J.
Cushion, Christopher J.
Keywords: Parenting
Dyadic
Youth sport
Soccer
Qualitative
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © American Psychological Association
Citation: HARWOOD, C.G., CLARKE, N.J. and CUSHION, C., 2016. A phenomenological interpretation of the parent-child relationship in elite youth football. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, 5(2), pp.125-143.
Abstract: Youth sport parenting research, in psychology, has methodologically prioritised individual level analysis of the behaviours, perceptions or needs of parents and young athletes. While this has contributed greatly to understanding the role of parents in sport, children’s parenting preferences and the challenges of parenting in this unique setting, an exploration of parenting in youth sport from a dyadic, inter-individual perspective has received far less attention. Accordingly, the purpose of this research was to explore parent’s and children’s experience of their interaction and relationship, in the context of elite youth football. Eight parent-player dyads, recruited from English professional football club youth academies, participated in phenomenological interviews. A two-stage analysis process was performed to explore individual parent and player experiences and examine how accounts related dyadically. Findings present a detailed description and interpretation of the parent-player relationship; as one constituted by relations with other family members, an embodied sense of closeness, the temporal significance of football transitions, and gender relations. This research advocates the need for a view of parenting in youth sport that accounts for how interaction is experienced by both parents and children and highlights the importance of conceptualising parenting as an embodied, temporal process, constituted through interaction and the social context.
Description: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1037/spy0000052
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/19295
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spy0000052
ISSN: 2157-3905
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