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Parental Perceptions of Youths’ Desirable Characteristics in Relation to Type of Leisure: A Multinomial Logistic Regression Analysis of Martial-Art-Practicing Youths
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2934-9313
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, no 9, article id 5725Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Parents place their youths in sport with the belief that doing so will produce developmental outcomes. However, it is unclear if parents enroll children in different sports based on different desired characteristics they wish their youth to develop. This paper analyses the link between youths engaged in martial arts (MA) compared to other leisure activities. MA research has indicated the importance of masculinity and gender ideals that suggest that parents hold certain visions when enrolling their youths in MA. For example, one such vision is for their youths to be able to handle themselves in physical encounters. Two research questions guided the study. First, what characteristics do MA parents desire their children to develop? Secondly, how do these desires correspond to MA youths' actual characteristics? We utilize multinomial logistic regression analysis on nationally representative data from the Netherlands. The results show that MA parents are younger, their youths are of migration background, and the parents value characteristics such as self-control, responsibility, and acting "gender appropriately". These results correspond to their youths; MA youths are consistently characterized by more masculinity compared to the youths in other groups. The results bear implications for how MA environments must safeguard against potentially harmful and misleading norms.

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MDPI, 2022. Vol. 19, no 9, article id 5725
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bullying, health, martial arts, masculinity, parent
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49002DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19095725ISI: 000799233200001PubMedID: 35565118Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85129460696OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-49002DiVA, id: diva2:1656863
Available from: 2022-05-09 Created: 2022-05-09 Last updated: 2023-01-10Bibliographically approved

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