Predictors of Poor Sportspersonship in Youth Sports: Personal Attitudes and Social Influences
Poor sportsmanship in children is a direct result of youths’ perceptions of their parents’ and coaches’ behavior, concludes a report by a team of researchers from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and the University of Notre Dame.
The report also found that poor sportsmanship was likely to increase in degree and frequency with grade level, and that boys self-reported more bad behavior than girls.
The study examined the experiences of 381 males and 285 females in 5th to 8th grade in Philadelphia, South Bend, Ind., and San Francisco.
Vol. 27, Issue 15, Page 5Published in Print: December 12, 2007, as Youth Sports