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ERIC Number: EJ973957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1930-4595
Olympism in Practice: Psychosocial Impacts of an Educational Sport Initiative on Greek and Turkish Cypriot Youth
Lyras, Alexis
ICHPER-SD Journal of Research, v7 n1 p46-54 Spr-Sum 2012
The current study investigated the impacts of a program that employed a blend of sports and cultural enrichment, known as Olympism, to build bridges between Greek and Turkish Cypriot children residing on the island of Cyprus. The four-month long program included two months of instructor training, meetings with the parents and a six-day summer camp that hosted 96 youth and 20 instructors from Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. A mixed methods approach was employed to assess the psychosocial impact of the program on the youth and the instructors. The data was analyzed using a multi-method approach that employed Repeated Measures Analysis of Variance (RMANOVA), t-tests, descriptive statistics and qualitative methods. The results indicated a statistically significant main effect on Time (within-subject variable) and Ethnicity (between subject variable) in Factor 1(Attitudes about Cross Cultural Interaction, Friendship and Collaboration). The RMANOVA indicated no statistically significant between-subject variable interactions. In addition, paired sample t-tests indicated statistically significant differences on the beliefs that through sports children can learn to collaborate more with other people. The great majority of the participants indicated that they made new friends and perceived positive intercommunal attitudinal changes as a result of their participation in the camp. (Contains 7 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cyprus