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ERIC Number: EJ873845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Skate Parks as a Context for Adolescent Development
Bradley, Graham L.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v25 n2 p288-323 2010
All people influence, and are influenced by, the contexts they inhabit. Leisure contexts are no exception. The current research comprised three studies investigating the links between one leisure context, skate parks, and adolescent development. Using interview, observation, and questionnaire methods, the research shed light on several of the demographic, psychosocial, and subcultural correlates of skate park use. Despite polarized attitudes to skate parks, parks users reported levels of personal adjustment and social integration similar to those of other adolescents. The research illustrates the need to distinguish between different types of unstructured youth leisure activities, with those activities that occur within the unstructured context of a skate park shown to offer considerable potential for positive youth development. (Contains 5 tables, 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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