Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SPORT: A REVIEW

Abstract

Nicholas L. Holt & Kacey C. Neely

The purpose of this paper is to review and evaluate literature pertaining to the concept of positive youth development (PYD) as it relates to youth sport. Having first provided a brief historical snapshot of PYD, positive and negative outcomes associated with sport participation are reviewed. Next, different conceptual and measurement approaches to PYD, and associated sport psychology research, are examined. Finally, suggestions for promoting PYD in terms of youth interactions with coaches, parents, and peers are forwarded by way of conclusion.

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