ERIC Number: ED310107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Role Models, Sports and Youth. NSSC Resource Paper.
National School Safety Center, Malibu, CA.
Research and numerous model programs suggest that sport plays an important social role. Particularly among youth, sports and professional athlete role models help deter juvenile delinquency. An overview is presented of current efforts to involve young people, particularly inner-city black youths, in athletic activities. A majority of sociological studies have shown that young athletes, regardless of their socioeconomic status, are less delinquent than comparable non-athletes and are less likely to be involved in serious offenses. Well-known black male athletes have proven to be effective role models for boys, not only in encouraging them to engage in sports activities, but to resist peer pressure and the drug culture. This booklet discusses ways in which youngsters are being persuded to become involved in sports and other activities. A selection of articles from newspapers and magazines that deal with this subject is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: National School Safety Center, Malibu, CA.