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Young children in recreational sports. Participation motivation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2302906     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
More than 20 million children between ages 6 and 16 years participate in nonschool sports programs, with increasingly more programs being established for younger-age children. A questionnaire based on previous research with adolescent athletes was developed to determine participation motivation of 6- to 10-year-old children. Three hundred fourteen boys participating in a basketball program were interviewed privately with this instrument. Of the 12 participation motivation items, "learn to do my best," "learn and improve skills," "have a coach to look up to," and "get stronger and healthier" were most highly rated, whereas "win games" and "become popular" were rated least important. When responses of 6 and 7 year olds were compared with those of 9 and 10 year olds, older children rated "feel part of a team", "have fun and excitement" and "be with and make new friends" higher at a statistically significant level (p less than 0.05). Older children rated "win games" and "become popular" lower at a statistically significant level (p less than 0.05). The authors conclude that young children in this recreational sports program make significant distinctions in their participation motivation and that some aspects of participation that motivate them change as they grow older.
H P Stern; R H Bradley; M T Prince; S E Stroh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical pediatrics     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0009-9228     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Pediatr (Phila)     Publication Date:  1990 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-03-20     Completed Date:  1990-03-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372606     Medline TA:  Clin Pediatr (Phila)     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-94     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock 72205.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / psychology
Basketball / psychology
Recreation / psychology*
Socioeconomic Factors
Sports / psychology*
Urban Population / statistics & numerical data

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