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Title: Sports participation and social capital formation during adolescence
Authors: Schuttoff, Ute
Pawlowski, Tim
Downward, Paul M.
Lechner, Michael
Keywords: Adolescence
Sports participation
Social capital
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © John Wiley & Sons
Citation: SCHÜTTOFF, U. ... et al., 2017. Sports participation and social capital formation during adolescence. Social Science Quarterly, doi: 10.1111/ssqu.12453.
Abstract: Objective: National and international policies claim that young people’s sports participation improves their social capital. This paper is the first to examine if sports participation has a causal effect on social capital formation during adolescence and whether such effects depend on the organizational format or the type of sports practiced. Methods: Propensity score matching is employed in the analysis with possible endogeneity removed by exploiting the information in, and the structure of, the German Socio-Economic Panel. Results: Regular sports participation positively impacts adolescents’ social capital through volunteering, helping friends and civic involvement. Furthermore, these effects seem to develop predominantly in sports clubs (in contrast to other organizational formats). Conclusion: The empirical evidence of this study is suggestive of the relevant societal role of non-profit clubs as institutions for practicing sport.
Description: This article will be closed access until 28th August 2019.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/ssqu.12453
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23474
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12453
ISSN: 0038-4941
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

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