Term of Award
Master of Science in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Sport Psychology
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Public Health
Charles J. Hardy
Committee Member 1
Kevin L. Burke
Committee Member 2
A. Barry Joyner
Committee Member 3
James L. McMillan
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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Schmitt, Carla J., "Life Values in Youth Sport: A Qualitative Analysis" (2003). Legacy ETDs. 675.