'More than a game': Impact of The First Tee life skills programme on positive youth development: Project introduction and Year 1 findings

Maureen R. Weiss, Cheryl P. Stuntz, Jennifer A. Bhalla, Nicole D. Bolter, Melissa S. Price

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Abstract

This manuscript introduces our long-term project and provides Year 1 data on evaluating the effectiveness of The First Tee life skills programme in promoting positive youth development. To set up subsequent articles on this multi-phase project, we provide: (a) a review of the positive youth development theoretical framework and studies in the physical domain, (b) an in-depth description of The First Tee, a sport-based youth development programme, (c) overall project purposes and research design, (d) Year 1 samples, methodology, procedures and evaluation methods and (e) Year 1 findings for learning and transferring interpersonal and self-management skills that were taught in the programme. Findings provide initial data-based evidence that The First Tee is having a positive impact on promoting youth development in the golf context and in the transfer of life skills to other domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-244
Number of pages31
JournalQualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • coaches
  • golf
  • parents
  • sport-based youth development

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