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The relation between sport participation and adolescents' deviant behavior: a meta-analysis

Scherphof, C. (2009). The relation between sport participation and adolescents' deviant behavior: a meta-analysis. Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam.

This meta-analysis of 38 studies, including 61.733 adolescents, examined the relation between youth sport participation and deviant behavior. Although no significant overall effect was found, moderator analyses showed sport participation to be associated with small increases in antisocial and aggressive behavior, and a small decrease in delinquent behavior. Longitudinal studies, individual sports, and school sport participation showed larger effects sizes than cross-sectional studies, team sports and non-school sport participation, respectively. Despite the small and inverse relation between sport participation and delinquency, the negative effects of sport participation are larger and more pronounced. Because it is important for adolescents to participate in sports to maintain their physical health and enrich live, further research should focus on reducing factors in the sporting environment that may contribute to deviant behavior. 

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