Team sport and coaching - a dynamic interplay supporting development of self-concept: a social experiment in a minority community in Denmark

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Knud Eske Ryom, Johan Michael Wikman, Reinhard Stelter

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect and experience of a team sport and coaching intervention upon self-concept in a sample of male school students with primarily migrant background. A convergent parallel mixed method design was used to compare and relate a questionnaire study (SDQ-II & YSEQ) and an interview study in a quasi-experimental design. A two-year intervention period was conducted with students in 7th, 8th and 9th grade. The interventions were a two-stringed effort with team sport and group coaching introduced to the participants. Quantitative results showed a significant and experienced effect on a) general self-concept b) physical competence c) social relations. Furthermore qualitative interviews implicated that the participants experienced 1) a stronger and more confident self, 2) a stronger physical perception through physical activity and 3) a stronger and more supportive social environment, as the result of their participation. Implications of the presented results are discussed, as well as strategies for working with team sport and coaching in a school setting in deprived areas or beyond.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSchool Mental Health
ISSN1866-2625
Publication statusSubmitted - 2019

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