Research has explored the benefits and challenges associated with sport participation among youth with physical disabilities (YWPD), however few studies have attempted to understand how sport may facilitate or hinder positive development. Positive youth development (PYD) is a widely used approach to understand youth development through sport, however limited research exists among YWPD. To address this gap, the study adopted Holt and colleagues’ (2017) model of PYD through sport to (a) uncover YWPD’s perspectives on the developmental outcomes associated with organized sport participation and (b) understand perceived social-contextual factors influencing these outcomes. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted among YWPD (N = 9; age between 14-21; seven male participants, two female participants). Outcomes discussed were mostly positive, though some participants reported negative outcomes. Participants experienced positive physical, social, and personal outcomes including the development of life skills. Positive outcomes were largely influenced by a sport climate that was supportive and encouraging, facilitated personal growth and athletic development, and promoted a sense of community and connectedness. These findings further our understanding of the utility of organized sport as a context to promote PYD among YWPD, and suggest that fostering experiences of mastery, belonging, challenge, and autonomy may be critically important.
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Background: The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of an exclusive, residential cerebral palsy (CP) soccer camp on social identity for youth with CP. Using a basic qualitative methods approach, the aim of this study was to explain the six-day CP soccer camp experience from the campers’ perspective, guided by the three processes of Social Identity Theory (SIT), to determine if a CP soccer camp setting impacted the development of the participants’ social identity. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were collected online through video software from 13 participants who were purposefully sampled between the ages of 10-18. Qualitative data was initially analyzed through a deductive coding lens, then further analyzed through an inductive coding process. Results: Findings suggest that participation in an intentionally designed, exclusive, residential CP soccer camp supported two of the three processes in SIT and provided opportunities for youth with CP to feel connected and similar to others with disabilities. Participants enjoyed being around other individuals with CP in a supportive sport environment. Conclusion: This study indicated that CP soccer camp assisted in the campers’ social identity development in two of the three processes of SIT. Future research implications are discussed.
This article serves as a follow-up on a previous study and looks at how volunteering at a major sporting event has affected the lives of a group of volunteers with intellectual disabilities two years after volunteering. The aim is to examine how volunteering at an Olympic event may be a source for lasting social value, operationalized as an increase in social capital and quality of life. Qualitative interviews were conducted on a selection of former volunteers with intellectual disabilities (n=8). In five of the interviews, parents of the interviewees also functioned as facilitators for the interviews. The same five parents were also interviewed in brief, semistructured interviews. This study shows that the event had a limited effect on bridging social capital, while having a stronger impact on the group`s bonding social capital. Moreover, the event has affected the quality of life for the participants to various degrees by being a source for positive memories, enforced by visual reminders such as the volunteer uniform frequently worn by the former volunteers. The volunteer experience also serves as a bridging element, bringing together groups of people with little in common. In some cases, volunteering also led to employment in regular occupations.
During the Youth Olympic Winter Games event in Lillehammer, Norway, a group of students with intellectual disabilities worked as volunteers. The teachers of the class functioned in a social entrepreneurial manner, using the event to create social value for this particular group. Qualitative interviews were conducted with the group of students (n=12), and observations were made during the event. The students’ teachers (n=3) and the head of volunteers (n=1) from the organizing committee were also interviewed for triangulation, thus verifying the interpretation of the data. This study demonstrated that social value was created through the practical tasks the students with intellectual disabilities were given, especially in relation to the Olympic context of the event, and the job itself was more important than those for whom they were doing it or why. Other important sources of social value were for the students to be outside of the classroom and to be cooperating and learning from each other within the group. Last, the students had the opportunity to aid and assist, instead of being aided and assisted, and to give something back to the local community.
Alexandra Devine1, Aleisha Carrol2, Sainimili Naivalu3, Senmilia Seru3, Sally Baker1, Belinda Bayak-Bush2, Kathryn James2, Lousie Larcombe1, Tarryn Brown2, Manjula Marella1 1 Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia 2 CBM Australia, Australia 3 Fiji Disabled People’s Association, Fiji Download article as PDF ABSTRACT In many settings, people with disabilities are marginalised from the […]
Aaron Beacom1, Gill Golder1 1 Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of St Mark & St John, UK Citation: Beacom, A., Golder, G. Developing Disability Sport: The case for a critical pedagogy. Journal of Sport for Development. 2015; 3(5): 71-88. Download article as PDF Abstract As a key stakeholder in the development of physical […]
Louisa Smith1, Nikki Wedgwood2, Gwynnyth Llewellyn2, Russell Shuttleworth3 1 School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia 2 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia 3 School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia Citation: Smith, L., Wegdwood, N., Llewellyn, G., Shuttleworth. R. Sport in the Lives of Young People with […]
Leonardo Mataruna1, Daniel Range1, Andressa Guimaraes2, Thiago Melo2 1 Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relation, Coventry University, UK 2 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Coventry University (Carnival Project), Brazil Citation: Mataruna, L., Range, D., Guimaraes, A., Melo, T. Rio 2016 and disability – an analysis of the Sport-For-Development discourse and the legacies […]
Chiaki Inoue1, Tanya Forneris1 1 School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Canada Citation: Inoue, C., Forneris, T. The role of Special Olympics in promoting social inclusion: An examination of stakeholder perceptions. Journal of Sport for Development. 2015; 3(5): 23-34. Download article as PDF Abstract In recent years, there has been an increase in research […]
Anjali J. Forber-Pratt1 1 Vanderbilt University, Department of Human & Organizational Development, USA Citation: Forber-Pratt., A.J. Paralympic Sport as a Vehicle for Social Change in Bermuda and Ghana. Journal of Sport for Development. 2015; 3(5): 35-49. Download article as PDF Abstract Background: Sport for persons with disabilities provides health, psychosocial well-being, and quality of life […]
Michael Cottingham1, Doug Blais2, Brian Gearity3, Kim Bogle2, Ryan Zapalac4 1 University of Houston, Department of Health and Human Performance, USA 2 Southern New Hampshire University, School of Business, USA 3 University of Denver, School of Psychology, USA 4 Sam Houston State University, Department of Health and Kinesiology, USA Citation: Cottingham, M., Blais, D., Gearity, […]
Joao Taborda Lopes1 1 Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre, Pediatric Department, Portugal Citation: Lopes, J.T. Adapted Surfing as a Tool to Promote Inclusion and Rising Disability Awareness in Portugal. Journal of Sport for Development. 2015; 3(5): 4-10. Download article as PDF Abstract Adapted surfing is an outdoor activity that takes place in naturally and constantly […]
Publication of Volume 2, Issue 3 The Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD) is pleased to announce the publication of its third issue. Please click here to download the full PDF of the issue. JSFD’s mission is to advance, examine and disseminate evidence and best practices for programs and interventions that use sport to promote […]
Publication of Volume 1, Issue 2 The Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD) is pleased to announce the publication of its fourth issue. Click here to download a full PDF of Issue 2 JSFD’s mission is to advance, examine and disseminate evidence and best practices for programs and interventions that use sport to promote development, […]
Publication of Volume 1, Issue 1 The Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD) is pleased to announce the publication of its first Issue. JSFD is the first peer-reviewed, open-access journal devoted to exclusively publishing research from the field of Sport for Development (SFD). The journal was developed in response to a need to establish a […]