A history of parent involvement in organized youth sport: A scoping review

Travis Dorsch, Emily Wright, Valeria Eckardt, Sam Elliott, Sam Thrower, Camilla Knight

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A fundamental step in describing a research field is the review and synthesis of accumulated knowledge. Multiple qualitative reviews have been conducted over the last decade to provide a summary and commentary on the growing literature in the area of youth sport parenting. However, these reviews have focused largely on contemporary findings in the field, largely ignoring work in the area that began in the late 1960s. In light of this under-discussed history, there remains a need to highlight the historical foundations of the youth sport parenting literature, the transitions that shaped the trajectory of work, as well as the contemporary research that informs our current understanding. The purpose of this scoping review was to provide an analysis of the literature on parenting in organized youth sport, highlighting the field’s foundational (1968-1981), transitional (1982-1998), and contemporary (1999-2020) periods. Specifically, this review not only seeks to define and summarize these periods of research, but also to use the synthesized knowledge to frame remaining gaps and potential future directions for the field.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2021

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