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NCJ Number: 201065 Find in a Library
Title: Sport, Physical Activity and Antisocial Behaviour In Youth
Author(s): Leesa Morris; Jo Sallybanks; Katie Willis
Corporate Author: Australian Institute of Criminology
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 135
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0 642 24293 3
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report investigates whether sports and organized physical activities have a positive impact of youth antisocial behavior in Australia.
Abstract: The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), commissioned by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), identified over 600 organized sporting or physical activities offered throughout Australia. Analysis of these programs, 175 completed surveys, and a case study analysis provide the data for the report. The report details the research objectives and methodology, risk factors for antisocial behavior, the research evidence concerning the impacts of sports and physical activity programs, sport and physical activity programs in Australia, and the findings of the case studies. Major findings indicate that youth involvement and leadership programs conducted in safe and engaging environments play an important part for preventing antisocial behavior in youths. However, limitations of the data and the information obtained indicate that the impact of sports activities on the reduction of antisocial behavior is not a direct impact, but these activities do form an important mechanism through which positive personal and social development takes place. Other relevant findings indicate that most physical activity programs in Australia offer a mixture of sport, physical activity, and other outdoor components. Most of these programs seek to increase social skills and boost self-esteem and it was found that community involvement is an important aspect for program success. Overall, while the impact of sporting activities on antisocial behavior is not direct, sporting activities were found to reduce boredom and provide stimulation, which sets the stage for higher self-esteem and self-confidence, which may in turn work to reduce antisocial behavior in youths. Tables, figures, references, and appendices
Main Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; Youth (Under 15)
Index Term(s): Australia; Physical fitness; Youth development; Youth groups
Note: Australian Institute of Criminology Research and Public Policy Series No. 49
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