Levels of social complexity and dimensions of peer experiences in youth sport

NL Holt, DE Black, KA Tamminen, KR Fox, JL Mandigo

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    Abstract

    We assessed young adolescent female soccer players’ perceptions of their peer group experiences. Data were collected via interviews with 34 girls from two youth soccer teams (M age = 13.0 years). Following inductive discovery analysis, data were subjected to an interpretive theoretical analysis guided by a model of peer experiences (Rubin, Bukowski, & Parker, 2006). Five categories of peer experiences were identified across three levels of social complexity. At the interaction level players integrated new members into the team and learned to interact with different types of people. At the relationship level players learned about managing peer conflict. At the group level a structure of leadership emerged and players learned to work together. Findings demonstrated interfaces between peer interactions, relationships, and group processes while also simplifying some apparently complex systems that characterized peer experiences on the teams studied.
    Translated title of the contributionLevels of social complexity and dimensions of peer experiences in youth sport
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)411 - 431
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Volume30 (4)
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

    Bibliographical note

    Publisher: North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)

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