Enhancing social mobility within marginalised youth: the accumulation of positive psychological capital through engagement with community sports clubs.

Morgan, Haydn (2017) Enhancing social mobility within marginalised youth: the accumulation of positive psychological capital through engagement with community sports clubs. Sport in Society. ISSN 1743-0437 (In Press)

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Abstract

Recent government policy in the United Kingdom has strongly encouraged youth populations to acquire increased stocks of human and social capital in order to enhance their social mobility prospects. While much of this policy speaks to mainstream educational institutions to facilitate capital accumulation, other community-based organisations, such as sports clubs, have been heralded as alternative sites where such capital could be acquired. However, recent academic literature has advocated that the acquisition of positive psychological capital—and its key components of self-efficacy, hope, optimism and resilience—is equally necessary to actualising social mobility. Nevertheless, few studies have explored how community-based organisations may facilitate this form of capital. Consequently, and by drawing upon interview data collected from young participants (all male) and sports club coaches who engaged with a sport-based project delivered in London (UK), this article will provide insight into two main concerns. First, the article will highlight how informal educational opportunities which are offered within community-based (sport) organisations may enable the acquisition and development of positive psychological capital, and second, offer tentative insights into the conditions that are required within a sports-based intervention to enhance the elements of positive psychological capital.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Haydn Morgan
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 15:08
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2017 10:07
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5030

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