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Adolescent’s involvement in organised sports and leisure activities and its effect on their involvement in delinquent behaviours

Brannock, Enda (2021) Adolescent’s involvement in organised sports and leisure activities and its effect on their involvement in delinquent behaviours. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between engagement in organised sport and leisure activities on delinquent behaviours. Prior literature varies on the topic, but most studies agree that in specific social settings, participation in organised sport and/or leisure activities is not only associated with delinquent behaviour, but also predicts lower levels of delinquency. The study aimed to expand upon these findings by investigating whether engaging in organised sport and leisure activities in and outside of school impacts on delinquent behaviour. Participants (N=113) were recruited through snowball sampling via social media before completing an online survey that was administered to them which measured their participation in organised sport and leisure activities along with their history of delinquent behaviours using an edited version of The Youth Survey. Results from a chi square analysis found that engagement in leisure in/outside of school and sport outside of school was significantly associated with delinquency. Organised sport in school, however, was not. Findings from a multiple regression analysis revealed that outside of school leisure and organised sport predicts lower levels of delinquency, whereas those same in-school activities were non-significantly related. The design of criminal policy and prevention measures to combat juvenile crime are discussed as implications.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Criminology > Crimes and Offences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2021 18:49
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 13:21
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4914

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