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Educating parents of children in sport about abuse using narrative pedagogy


McMahon, JA and Knight, C and McGannon, KR, Educating parents of children in sport about abuse using narrative pedagogy, Sociology of Sport Journal, 35, (4) pp. 314-323. ISSN 0741-1235 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1123/ssj.2017-0186


Research on abuse in sport reveals that sporting environments are unique contexts where athlete abuse can occur. An international panel on ‘safe sport’ identified the need to implement strategies to ensure sport is safe for all. One strategy identified as a way of preventing abuse from occurring in sport is to educate the parents of athletes. This study centres on an education intervention implemented with 14 parents from a gymnastics and swimming context where narrative pedagogy (e.g. athletes’ stories of abuse) was used. As a result of engaging with narrative pedagogy, parents were able to identify unacceptable coaching practices. However, the extent of several dominant cultural ideologies (e.g. competitive performance ideology) became known through the parents’ responses and influenced the way they took up the athletes’ abuse stories.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:athlete abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, field-based intervention, child athlete protection, parents of children in sport
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McMahon, JA (Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon)
ID Code:122820
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-11-30
Last Modified:2021-09-10

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