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Educating Parents of Children in Sport About Abuse Using Narrative Pedagogy / Jenny McMahon; Camilla Knight; Kerry R. McGannon

Sociology of Sport Journal, Volume: 35, Issue: 4, Pages: 314 - 323

Swansea University Author: Camilla, Knight

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DOI (Published version): 10.1123/ssj.2017-0186

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Research on abuse in sport reveals that sporting environments are unique contexts where athlete abuse can occur. An international panel on ‘safe sport’ identified the need to implement strategies to ensure sport is safe for all. One strategy identified as a way of preventing abuse from occurring in...

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Published in: Sociology of Sport Journal
ISSN: 0741-1235 1543-2785
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa37277
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Abstract: Research on abuse in sport reveals that sporting environments are unique contexts where athlete abuse can occur. An international panel on ‘safe sport’ identified the need to implement strategies to ensure sport is safe for all. One strategy identified as a way of preventing abuse from occurring in sport is to educate the parents of athletes. This study centres on an education intervention implemented with 14 parents from a gymnastics and swimming context where narrative pedagogy (e.g. athletes’ stories of abuse) was used. As a result of engaging with narrative pedagogy, parents were able to identify unacceptable coaching practices. However, the extent of several dominant cultural ideologies (e.g. competitive performance ideology) became known through the parents’ responses and influenced the way they took up the athletes’ abuse stories.
Keywords: Athlete abuse, Physical abuse, Emotional abuse, Field-based intervention, Child athlete protection, Parents of children in Sport
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 4
Start Page: 314
End Page: 323