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How Psychosocial Sport & Play Programs Help Youth Manage Adversity: A Review of What We Know & What We Should Research

Authors: Robert Henley, Ivo Schweizer, Francesco de Gara, and Stefan Vetter
Publisher: International Journal of Psychosocial
Rehabilitation. 12 (1),  51-58
Year: 2007

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A review of theories and practices pertaining to the possible
underlying dynamics of international community-based resilience
enhancing psychosocial sport and play programs, established to help
children and youth experiencing adversity in their lives. Sport and
play activities (with play being inclusive of any organized movement,
exercise, game or artistic activities) can have a stabilizing impact on
most children through supporting and encouraging their resilience
processes, with resilience being described as the process of, and
capacity for, successful adaptation despite challenging or threatening
circumstances. Psychosocial sports and play programs are a relatively
new approach to helping children manage adversity, so more field
investigations need to be implemented to establish best practices
methodology, and to discover the impact that sport and play activities
may have on the enhancement of children’s resilience. Additionally,
more funding must be allocated for research on the effectiveness of
these psychosocial sport and play programs.

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