Young athletes' perceptions on promoting positive parental behaviour in sport

Last updated: 17 Apr 2019 Topics: Parents in sport Research

Although the importance of promoting positive parental behaviours in youth sport is widely acknowledged, there has been a lack of research in this area which has focused on listening to children’s voices.

In order to address this gap, Brunel University has interviewed a group of young athletes about their perceptions on promoting positive parental behaviour in sport. The findings are represented through the executive summary.

Author: Dr Daniel Rhind, Charlotte Murphy and Sam Giles - Brunel University
Published: October 2013


  • introduction
  • parents understanding of the sport
  • following the performance process
  • emphasising development
  • parents understanding of the importance of sport
  • having clear boundaries
  • conclusions
Download the executive summary (PDF)

Further information

For more on this subject, see our guidance on promoting positive parental behaviour and links to other research papers on our Parents in sport topic pages.

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