Understanding enjoyment in youth sport: a developmental perspective

Paul McCarthy, Marc Jones, David Clark-Carter

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Historically, the youth sport emotional response literature focused mainly on stress and enjoyment. Although research on these emotional responses has been significant, no systematic examination of these responses from a developmental perspective has been undertaken and therefore, developmental influence and implications for competitive youth sport are largely unknown. To begin to address this issue, the present study examined the developmental progression of sources of enjoyment among youth sport participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-156
Number of pages15
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008


  • youth sport
  • sport psychology


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