Sports participation and juvenile delinquency: the role of the peer context among adolescent boys and girls with varied histories of problem behavior.

@article{Gardner2009SportsPA,
  title={Sports participation and juvenile delinquency: the role of the peer context among adolescent boys and girls with varied histories of problem behavior.},
  author={Margo Gardner and Jodie L Roth and J Brooks-gunn},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  year={2009},
  volume={45 2},
  pages={
          341-53
        }
}
In a study of 1,344 urban adolescents, the authors examined the relation between participation in organized sports and juvenile delinquency. They compared youth who participated in sports to those who only participated in nonathletic activities and to those who did not participate in any organized activities. They also examined the indirect relations between sports and delinquency via 2 peer-related constructs-deviant peer affiliations and unstructured socializing. Finally, they examined the… CONTINUE READING

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