PARENTAL INFLEUNCE OF SOCIALISATION INTO WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY.
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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In 2005 the Football Association (FA) announced that football had over taken netball as the most popular female participation sport. However, little is known about how women get involved in football. Therefore, this study investigated how exactly women get involved in football and whom is influential as 'we have little understanding of why or how significant others become influential' (Kunesh et al.,1992, p.2). This study addressed socialisation into women’s football. There is a body of evidence to suggest that individuals participate in activity as a result of parental encouragement into certain sports and this study investigated parental influence into football specifically (e.g. Pargman, 1997: Coakley, 2006 & Kay, 2006). Three semi structured interviews took place whereby an informal discussion stimulated by an interview guide which allowed for data collection followed by discourse analysis to produce findings. The result portrayed that parent(s) were the most influential with regards to football participants but added extra pressure when there presence was at matches. Contradictory to what is proposed mothers were cited as the most influential and unexpectedly grandparents featured as an influential agent in the socialisation into women’s football.
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