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Understanding female youth refugees’ experiences in sport and physical education through the self-determination theory

Understanding female youth refugees’ experiences in sport and physical education through the self-determination theory

Publication type

Research and Project Evaluations

Publisher

Journal of Sport for Development

Year

2019

Anna Farello, Lindsey Blom, Thalia Mulvihill, Jennifer Erickson, Ball State University

ABSTRACT

As female youth from refugee backgrounds are forced to migrate and resettle, they face unique challenges not often addressed by their host community. Participating in physical activity (PA), however, may pave a pathway to healthy resettlement. Nine Burmese females from refugee backgrounds participated in semistructured interviews and discussed their experiences in sport and physical education and how those experiences relate to their sense of belonging, autonomy, and relationships, as well as their ability to adapt. Participants then completed a photovoice task where they photographed highlights and challenges they have faced in PA. Photographs were analyzed and discussed in a follow-up interview. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis. Resulting dimensions such as sport incompetence, growth mindset, the importance of autonomy and choice, and desired peer relationships support Ryan and Deci’s (2000) self-determination theory. Practical implications for PE teachers, coaches, and school administrators are discussed. These results inform school districts of potential barriers and future interventions that could help this population better resettle and encourage participation in sports and physical activity.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:20

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