Cutting through the political rhetoric about the power of sport as a tool for social change and personal improvement, this book offers insight into how and why participating in sport can be good for children and young people. As the first text to focus on the role of sport in positive youth development (PYD), it brings together high-profile contributors from diverse disciplines to examine critically the ways in which sport can be used to promote youth development.

Now in a fully updated, revised and expanded new edition, Positive Youth Development through Sport covers a wider range of disciplines including sport psychology, development psychology, physical education, sport development and sport sociology. Its three main sections focus on:

  • the theoretical and historical contexts of PYD
  • quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing PYD in sport
  • the potential of PYD in sport across different ages and abilities.

With expanded guidance on how to apply positive youth development in practice, this is essential reading for all students, researchers, educators, practitioners and policy makers with an interest in youth sport.

chapter |4 pages

Introduction to the Second Edition

ByNicholas L. Holt

part 1|64 pages

Conceptual and theoretical perspectives

chapter 1|14 pages

Old Wine in a New Bottle

Historical reflections on sport as a context for youth development
ByMaureen R. Weiss

chapter 2|13 pages

Positive Youth Development Through Sport

Myths, beliefs, and realities
ByJay Coakley

chapter 3|11 pages

Positive Youth Development Through Sport

A relational developmental systems approach
ByJennifer P. Agans, Andrea Vest Ettekal, Karl Erickson, Richard M. Lerner

chapter 4|12 pages

Life Skills and Basic Psychological Needs

A conceptual framework for life skills interventions
ByKen Hodge, Steven Danish, Tanya Forneris, Adam Miles

chapter 5|12 pages

An Ecological Perspective on High Performance Sport and Positive Youth Development

ByLeisha Strachan, Jessica Fraser-Thomas, Kendra Nelson-Ferguson

part 2|42 pages

Measurement and assessment

chapter 6|12 pages

Youth Thriving in the Context of Sport Participation

Idiographic, differential, and nomothetic dimensions
ByAndrea Vest Ettekal, Richard M. Lerner, Jennifer P. Agans, Kaitlyn A. Ferris, Brian M. Burkhard

chapter 7|14 pages

Quantitative Assessment of Positive Youth Development in Sport

ByDany J. MacDonald, Travis McIsaac

part 3|80 pages

PYD across youth sport contexts

chapter 9|13 pages

Positive Youth Development and Talent Development

Is there a best of both worlds?
ByChris Harwood, Julie Johnston

chapter 10|11 pages

Coaching for Positive Youth Development in High School Sport

ByMartin Camiré, Kelsey Kendellen

chapter 11|14 pages

Coaching for Positive Youth Development

ByJennifer Turnnidge, Blair Evans, Matthew Vierimaa, Veronica Allan, Jean Côté

chapter 12|17 pages

Leadership as a Life Skill in Youth Sports

ByDaniel R. Gould

chapter 13|12 pages

Positive Youth Development Programming with Marginalized Populations

ByTanya Forneris, Corliss Bean, Tanya Halsall

chapter 14|11 pages

Learning Responsibility through Sport and Physical Activity

ByTom Martinek, Don Hellison

part 4|36 pages

PYD, sport, and mental health

chapter 15|12 pages

Positive Growth in Sport

ByKatherine A. Tamminen, Kacey C. Neely

chapter 16|11 pages

Coaching, Positive Youth Development, and Mental Health

ByStewart A. Vella, Lauren A. Gardner, Sarah K. Liddle

chapter 17|11 pages

Promoting Mental Health in Youth Sport

ByDavid Carless, Kitrina Douglas

part 5|14 pages


chapter 18|12 pages

Future Directions for Positive Youth Development through Sport

ByNicholas L. Holt, Colin J. Deal, Christine L. Smyth