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A Qualitative Investigation of Young Footballers’ Perceptions Regarding Developmental Experiences

School of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Karies, 42100 Trikala, Greece
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(7), 215;
Received: 13 April 2019 / Revised: 17 June 2019 / Accepted: 10 July 2019 / Published: 16 July 2019
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This study examined perceptions of Greek young football players regarding sport-related developmental experiences using a model of PYD through sport based on results from a qualitative study as a theoretical framework. Twenty one young football athletes (aged 12–15) gave semi-structured interviews. The young athletes identified both positive and negative developmental experiences related to the behaviors of coaches, parents and peers. They did not report any explicit teaching of life-skills. However, young footballers identified their life-skills development by implicit processes. Nevertheless, their understanding of life-skills was rather simplistic. View Full-Text
Keywords: positive youth development; youth football; life-skills positive youth development; youth football; life-skills
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Gerabinis, P.; Goudas, M. A Qualitative Investigation of Young Footballers’ Perceptions Regarding Developmental Experiences. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 215.

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