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Understanding enjoyment in youth sport: a developmental perspective

Paul McCarthy, Glasgow Caledonian University
Marc Jones
David Clark-Carter

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Originally published in: Psychology of Sport and Exercise (2008), 9 (2), pp.142-156.


Historically, the youth sport emotional response literature focused mainly on stress and enjoyment. Although research on these emotional responses has been significant, no systematic examination of these responses from a developmental perspective has been undertaken and therefore, developmental influence and implications for competitive youth sport are largely unknown. To begin to address this issue, the present study examined the developmental progression of sources of enjoyment among youth sport participants.

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Paul McCarthy, Marc Jones, and David Clark-Carter. "Understanding enjoyment in youth sport: a developmental perspective" Psychology of Sport and Exercise 9.2 (2008): 142-156.

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