Team cohesion and ethnic-cultural identity in adolescent migrant athletes

Eleftheria Morela*, Antonis Hatzigeorgiadis, Olga Kouli, Anne-Marie Elbe, Xavier Sanchez

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the role of sport participation in the social integration of adolescents with non-dominant ethnic and cultural backgrounds. In particular, this study investigated the relationship between team cohesion and ethnic-cultural identity. Participants were 83 young migrant athletes (mean age 15.60 years). Participants completed the Ethnic/Cultural Identity Salience Questionnaire and the Youth Sport Environment Questionnaire. Regression analyses showed that cohesion negatively predicted feelings of fringe and lack of interaction. Our findings suggest that sport participation, particularly in cohesive teams, can facilitate the development of adaptive identity toward the goal of social integration in migrant adolescents. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-647
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2013

Keywords

  • Sport
  • Integration
  • Cross-cultural
  • Multi-cultural
  • Acculturation
  • ENVIRONMENT QUESTIONNAIRE
  • SPORT
  • PERFORMANCE
  • EDUCATION
  • SALIENCE

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