Characteristics and Psycho-Social Impacts of an Inter-Ethnic Educational Sport Initiative on Greek and Turkish Cypriot Youth

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Characteristics and Psycho-Social Impacts of an Inter-Ethnic Educational Sport Initiative on Greek and Turkish Cypriot Youth

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut

The study investigated the impacts of a sports and cultural enrichment program, known as Olympism, to build bridges between Greek and Turkish Cypriot children residing in Cyprus.

The program, called Doves Olympic Movement Summer Camp 2005, was an educational sport initiative that took place in Cyprus in July 2005 and hosted 96 children and 20 instructors from Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the program on attitudes about cross-cultural interaction, friendship and collaboration among Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot participants and to identify the organizational and educational components of the initiative that were perceived as being effective.

The great majority of the children indicated that they made new friends, and perceived positive inter-communal attitudinal changes as a result of their participation in the camp. The overall camp experience was perceived as a great opportunity to change misconceptions of the past by interacting in a safe environment.

Under the supervision of trained instructors, who were perceived as positive role models, camp participants gained an increased sense of community. An increase in the participants' collective beliefs that they were transformed into successful agents of stability, peace and co-existence was also reported.

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A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut

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2007

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Alexis Lyras

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Sunday, August 26, 2007 - 23:00

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