YOUTH VOICE JOURNAL (YVJ) | ISSN: 2056-2969

Youth Voice Journal (YVJ) is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. YVJ is published by IARS Publications, a member of COPE. YVJ is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO Information Services and The European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

Lurdes Veríssimo, Hugo Carvalho, Mónica Soares & Raquel Matos (2018) Do school sports deter or facilitate juvenile delinquency? A multi-method study

Abstract

The present study seeks to understand how school sports deter or facilitate delinquent behavior among youth. Literature in this field reveals inconsistent results about this relation. Self-report data about sports participation and delinquent behavior were collected among 621 students. Results showed that there are no significant differences for most delinquent behaviors between students with and without school sports activity. However, students who practice sports revealed higher weapon possession and less shoplifting. Considering these contradictory results, six school sports coaches were interviewed and, in general, results emphasized the positive impact of school sports. These participants highlighted that by promoting socioemotional skills, reinforcing rules, and structuring prosocial contexts, sports can deter delinquent behavior. However, some of the coaches recognized that when competition is encouraged by them, sports can facilitate delinquent behavior. Results are discussed based on the evidence that school sports’ impact on youth behavior depends on how sports are framed, developed and implemented in school settings.

 

Keywords: youth; delinquent behavior; school sports; deterrence; facilitation

 

 

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About Youth Voice Journal

Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by IARS Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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IARS Publications is a not for profit independent, small publisher that was founded by Dr. Theo Gavrielides. It specialises in social sciences and research studies, has a  restorative justice series and it is also the publisher of the peer reviewed Youth Voice Journal.  

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