Emotional Experiences of Youth Sport Parents I: Anger

Jens Omli, Nicole M. LaVoi

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Although there is general agreement that some sideline behavior at youth sport events is problematic (Goldstein & Iso-Ahola, 2008), the reasons why parent spectators sometimes act inappropriately are not well understood. Given that the most problematic behaviors appear to be motivated by anger (Omli & LaVoi, 2009), the purpose of this study is to identify sources of anger from the perspective of parents. Participants (n = 773, 59% female) described specific instances in which they got angry during a youth sport event. A grounded theory analysis yielded three types of perceived offenses-uncaring, unjust, and incompetent-and four categories of perceived offenders-referees, coaches, participants, and other parent spectators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-25
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012

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