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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Exploring perceived life skills development and participation in sport
Author(s): Jones, Martin I
Lavallee, David
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Issue Date: Mar-2009
Date Deposited: 27-Aug-2012
Citation: Jones MI & Lavallee D (2009) Exploring perceived life skills development and participation in sport. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 1 (1), pp. 36-50.;
Abstract: Organised sport provides favourable conditions for positive psychosocial development. However, few studies have examined how sport facilitates positive development. The purpose of this study was to explore how perceived life skills were developed. Five formal, semi‐structured interviews and around 30 hours of informal discussions were conducted with a single participant. Resultant transcripts were subjected to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Findings reveal an integration of processes, which resulted in positive development. Dispositions (e.g. hard work and self‐awareness) facilitated the learning of life skills. Experiential learning was described as the method in which the participant learned new life skills. Specifically, the experience of playing tennis required the participant to develop life skills. Findings provide a unique insight into the development of life skills. Findings are discussed in relation to extant life skill research and positive youth development research.
DOI Link: 10.1080/19398440802567931
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. This is an electronic version of an article published in Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2009, pp.36-50 . Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise is available online at:

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