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Sport participation may protect socioeconomically disadvantaged youths with refugee backgrounds from experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties.

Authors
  • O'Donnell, Alexander W1
  • Stuart, Jaimee2
  • Barber, Bonnie L2
  • Abkhezr, Peyman2
  • 1 School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Australia)
  • 2 School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Adolescence
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
85
Pages
148–152
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2020.11.003
PMID: 33242671
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Youth with refugee backgrounds experience social and socioeconomic difficulties that arise following resettlement. Research has found that sport participation generally provides youth with a protective milieu that is especially beneficial for the most disadvantaged youth. Accordingly, the current study examines whether sport participation is related to positive psychosocial outcomes for resettled adolescent refugees, and if these effects are greater for those living in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. Data were from a large, nationally representative cohort of refugees recently resettled in Australia (Building New Life in Australia study, BNLA). Self-reported social and emotional well-being was collected from 415 youth who entered the country as refugees (Mage = 14.04, SD = 1.99) at three years post settlement were used. A moderated regression analysis indicated that refugee youth living in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods who participated in sports reported significantly better outcomes compared to those refugee youth in economically similar neighborhoods who did not participate in sport. In contrast, refugee youth residing in more socioeconomically advantaged communities had better developmental outcomes, regardless of sport participation. Sport participation is a protective factor for youth with refugee backgrounds. Community socioeconomic disadvantage moderates this relationship, whereby stronger effects were observed for adolescents in more disadvantaged communities. Protecting the most disadvantaged in our society is a human rights imperative, and the current study indicates that sport participation could contribute to these efforts among resettled refugee populations. Copyright © 2020 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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