Junior Tennis Players’ Preferences for Parental Behaviors

  title={Junior Tennis Players’ Preferences for Parental Behaviors},
  author={Camilla J. Knight and Candice M. Boden and Nicholas L. Holt},
  journal={Journal of Applied Sport Psychology},
  pages={377 - 391}
The purpose of this study was to identify junior tennis players’ preferences for parental behaviors at competitions. Eleven focus groups were conducted with 42 high performance Canadian tennis players (M age = 13.5 yrs, SD = 1.2 yrs). Analysis revealed several themes describing athletes’ views of supportive parental behaviors. Specific preferences were that parents should not provide technical and tactical advice, but they should comment on effort and attitude, provide practical advice, respect… 
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