The relation between perceived parent-created sport climate and competitive male youth hockey players' good and poor sport behaviors

Nicole M. Lavoi, Megan Babkes Stellino

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Abstract

The authors examined achievement goal orientation (J. L. Duda & J. G. Nicholls, 1992), parental influence (M. L. Babkes & M. R. Weiss, 1999), and the parent-initiated motivational climate (S. A. White, 1996, 1998) in combination to broaden understanding of competitive male youth hockey players' (N = 259) perceptions of the parent-created sport climate and its relation to their self-reported good and poor sport behaviors (GPSB). Exploratory factor analysis revealed a multidimensional measure of GPSB. Multiple regression analyses indicated that athletes' GPSB were significantly predicted by different forms of parental influence. Canonical correlations revealed a complex picture of the contributions of goal orientation and the parent-created sport climate on boys' GPSB in youth hockey. Results expand knowledge of the influence that parents have in youth sport and emphasize the importance of understanding how children's interpretations of parental beliefs and behaviors affect their choices to engage in good and poor sport behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-496
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Volume142
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

Keywords

  • Parental influence
  • Sport parents
  • Sportsmanship
  • Youth sport

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