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A Social Support Intervention to Reduce Intentions to Drop-out from Youth Sport: The GAA Super Games Centre

Alternative title Una intervención basada en el apoyo social para reducir la intención de abandonar el deporte juvenil: el Centro de Superjuegos GAA

Citation
Lavallee D, Sheridan D, Coffee P & Daly P (2019) A Social Support Intervention to Reduce Intentions to Drop-out from Youth Sport: The GAA Super Games Centre [Una intervención basada en el apoyo social para reducir la intención de abandonar el deporte juvenil: el Centro de Superjuegos GAA]. Psychosocial Intervention, 28 (1), pp. 11-17. https://doi.org/10.5093/pi2018a15

Abstract
Research has highlighted that drop-out from youth sport has emerged to become a global trend with drop-out rates exceeding 30% in some countries. This study aimed to investigate the effect of a change in perceived support on intentions to drop out from youth sport at the end of a social support intervention. A pre-intervention examination of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in 2012 identified a 19.38% drop-out rate involving 3,491 participants between the ages of 12-16 years. A psychosocial intervention developed for the GAA called the Super Games Centre was delivered and evaluated over a 24-week period to 103 participants. The findings demonstrated that higher perceived available support was significantly associated with lower levels of intentions to drop out at the end of the intervention. Furthermore, social identity emerged as a significant mediating factor in explaining the association between changes in perceived support and intentions to drop out. A post-intervention examination in 2018 found that the GAA had established 95 Super Games Centres since 2015, and this has led to an increase in 7,012 new participants between the ages of 12-16 years. Future research and implications for social support intervention methodology are discussed.

Keywords
Applied Psychology; Developmental and Educational Psychology; Social Psychology

Journal
Psychosocial Intervention: Volume 28, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Lavallee, David; Sheridan, Daragh; Coffee, Pete; Daly, Pat
Publication date31/01/2019
Publication date online10/09/2018
Date accepted by journal04/05/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27795
PublisherColegio Oficial de Psicologos de Madrid
ISSN1132-0559
eISSN2173-4712
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