Children’s agency in sports socialization: The meaning of children’s sport among the immigrant family triad

Yilun Zhou, Monika Stodolska, Hongping Zhang

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Abstract

This paper explored the perceived meaning of children’s sports involvement among the father-mother-child triad in Chinese immigrant families in the U.S. The research project employed a multiple-case study design, and collected a variety of forms of data, including participant observations; face-to-face interviews; and parents’ journals. Data were collected from the fathers, mothers, and pre-adolescent children from 11 Chinese immigrant families residing in the Houston metropolitan area. Each family’s data were compiled as a case study narrative, on which within-case and comparative coding and analyses were conducted. The findings of the study revealed that there were generational differences in the perceived meaning of children’s sports participation. The agency and influence of children were found during the meaning construction process and supported by Chinese immigrant parents. Multiple factors, including gender, acculturation status, and age, were related to the perceived meaning of children’s sports involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-334
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021

Keywords

  • Perceived Meaning of Sport
  • Immigrant Family
  • Family Triads
  • Children’s Sport
  • Sports Socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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