An analysis of sport identity as a predictor of children's participation in sport

Patrick W C LAU*, Kenneth R. Fox, Mike W.L. Cheung

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The purpose of this study was to examine the role of sport identity within a model of children's sport participation. Participants were 238 boys and 231 girls aged 12 to 13 years from state secondary schools in Hong Kong. Questionnaires were administered in order to assess the influences of psychosocial and socioenvironmental constructs on children's sport involvement. Regression analyses and path analysis were used to assess hypothesized relationships in the model. Results indicated that sport identity was the strongest predictor of children's sport participation; perceived sport competence, peer influence, and relative autonomy index (RAI) were predictors of sport identity; and path analysis indicated that the data provided a good fit to the model featuring sport identity as the mediator between psychosocial and socioenvironmental variables and children's sport participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-425
Number of pages11
JournalPediatric Exercise Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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