ERIC Number: ED235117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Pluralism, Physical Activity, and Youth Sports.
Malina, Robert M.
Literature and studies on the influence and scope of youth sports were surveyed with particular attention to selected issues or aspects related to cultural pluralism in North America. An exploration was made of attitudes toward participation in youth sports, which were influenced by ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds of parents and children. Literature on sport socialization is limited to a large extent to the elite athlete, although socialization is also of significance to youngsters who participate in sports in a casual manner and for recreation. The effects of physical differences between children of different races, as well as the influences of peers, were cited in some of the reviewed studies that examined the longitudinal effects of early exposure to sports activities. A discussion is offered on the differences in attitudes toward sport held in North American and some Eastern European countries, including the Soviet Union and East Germany. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Youth Sports Forum (2nd, East Lansing, MI, April 26-28, 1981).