Term of Award

Summer 2003

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Sport Psychology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Public Health

Committee Chair

Charles J. Hardy

Committee Member 1

Kevin L. Burke

Committee Member 2

A. Barry Joyner

Committee Member 3

James L. McMillan

Abstract

A qualitative analysis was used to examine the life values gained and enhanced through participation in youth soccer from the player, coach, and parent perspectives. Nine players, nine coaches, and nine parents were interviewed for this study. Participants were placed in groups according to classification and availability, and participants not available for the group times, were individually interviewed. The interview guides consisted of 11 questions, and two separate guides were used, one for players and one for coaches and parents. All interviews were hand, audio, and video recorded. Triangulation, involving the primary researcher and two additional researchers familiar with qualitative analysis analyzed the data collected. A cohort among the common themes within and between groups was established, and the most common values were determined. Results revealed several similar values between parents, players, and coaches. The most common value learned through soccer was determined to be teamwork. The players, coaches, and parents also had several common values and influences. All groups felt their parents have a major influence on the development of a value system.

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