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The Psychosocial Dynamics of Youth Disability Sport

Jeffrey Martin
Published Online: 2012-01-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10237-011-0032-9

The Psychosocial Dynamics of Youth Disability Sport

The purpose of this article is to review research on the psychosocial aspects of youth disability sport and physical activity (PA). Sport psychology research spanning the self-perception areas of self-concept, self-esteem, athletic identity, self-efficacy, and perceived competence will be examined. More specifically research documenting the psychological benefits of disability sport will be covered such as self-esteem enhancement. A second focus of the current chapter will be on the social aspects of disability sport. For instance, both the positive (e.g., enhanced peer relations) and negative (e.g., teasing) ramifications of sport and PA involvement will be reviewed. Research on the family, parents, siblings, and peers will be examined. Finally, the intersection of both areas (i.e., psychological and social) will also be covered as social mechanisms of influence (e.g., parental encouragement) have strong influences on psychological constructs such as athlete's perceived competence and PA. The chapter will be concluded with a brief summary.

Keywords: sport psychology; youth disability sport; physical activity

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Published Online: 2012-01-24

Published in Print: 2010-12-01


Citation Information: Sport Science Review, Volume 19, Issue 5-6, Pages 49–69, ISSN (Online) 2069-7244, ISSN (Print) 2066-8732, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10237-011-0032-9.

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