Analyse des expériences des étudiants-athlètes en contexte de sport universitaire

Authors: Chartier, Marie-Christine
Advisor: Trottier, Christiane
Abstract: Positive youth development is a strength-based approach focussed on the youth’s developmental potential. Organized sport presents many components making it a favourable setting for positive youth development (i.e., a specific set of rules, goal setting opportunities, development of interpersonal relationships), etc. More precisely, the high-school sport setting has been the main area of focus for the research in that field, since high-school students are in an important phase of their identity development. The university sport setting also presents many components that make it a favourable setting for positive youth development, such as a high level of responsibility for the athletes and strong bonds between the athletes and the coaches. Furthermore, sport within the university setting requires a sustained implication of the athletes over time. In this optic, the research project presented in this study has for objective to explore the experiences of student-athletes within the university sport setting in order to analyze if this setting is favourable to the life skills development. More precisely, the research question guiding the study was: do student-athletes develop life skills throughout their university careers, and if so, how? To answer these questions, a narrative study, intermixed with a multiple case study was conducted. Four participants (two athletes in basketball and two in volleyball) were questioned during semi-structured interviews. The results obtained presented three main components having a meaningful influence on their sporting and personal experiences as student-athletes: (a) the climate in which they evolved, (b) the life skills development, and (c) the adjustment to the university sport setting and its demands. This study concludes with a discussion on the results, the limits and the future research avenues.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2018
Open Access Date: 12 March 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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