Navigation Links
The politics of the playground: lack of athletic skill often means loneliness and peer rejection
Date:10/19/2007

In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown was never able to kick the football, fly a kite properly or lead a baseball team. He was also sad and often the target of ridicule from his peers. A new Canadian study looking at the connections between athletic skill and social acceptance among school children confirms that Chucks problems were true to life: kids place a great deal of value on athletic ability, and youngsters deemed unskilled by their peers often experience sadness, isolation and social rejection at school.

In a study published in The Journal of Sport Behavior, researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton examined the relationships among perceived athletic competence, peer acceptance and loneliness in elementary school children. Their findings will likely confirm the experience of anyone who was picked last for the team in gym class: children seen as athletic by their classmates are also better liked and less likely to feel lonely, while unathletic children experience the opposite.

For both boys and girls, we found that popular children reported less loneliness and received higher athletic ability ratings from their peers than rejected children, says lead researcher Janice Causgrove Dunn, from the Faculty of Physical & Recreation at the University of Alberta. Conversely, the kids who reported higher levels of loneliness tended to receive lower athletic ability ratings and lower social acceptance ratings from their peers.

Past studies have found that loneliness in childhood and adolescence is associated with many psychosocial and emotional problems, and prolonged loneliness has the potential to seriously undermine an individual's psychological, emotional and physical well-being. Lonely children are often less physically active and less fit, and more likely to experience tension and anxiety than their non-lonely counterparts. In adolescence and early adulthood, loneliness has been linked to behaviors including cigarette smoking, marijuana use and alcoholism, as well as an increased risk of school drop out and depression.

Given the proven negative impact of loneliness on a childs well being, this kind of research is an important endeavor, says Causgrove Dunn. Its important to identify and understand the factors that might increase a child's likelihood of being accepted by the peer group, because this, in turn, decreases the likelihood of that child experiencing the destructive psychosocial and emotional problems that often come with rejection.

The conclusions of the studybelieved to be the first to look at the relationship between loneliness and perceptions of athletic competence in elementary school childrenare based on responses from 208 children in Grades 4 through 6 at seven different elementary schools in a western Canadian city. Ninety-nine boys and 109 girls completed questionnaires used to measure childrens loneliness levels in school, as well as self-perceived athletic ability. Researchers also asked participants to rate the athletic ability of their classmates and identify the classmates who they most liked and who they least liked in order to assess peer rejection and peer acceptance.


'/>"/>

Contact: Isabela C. Varela
isabela.varela@ualberta.ca
780-492-6041
University of Alberta
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Nominee Says That He Is Not Influenced By Politics
2. Link between athleticism and neurological disease
3. Athletic Gear in Youth Not Protective Against Near Fatal Blows to chest
4. Vitamin B deficiency may lead to poor athletic performance
5. School Playgrounds and Athletic Facilities Helps To Fight Childhood Obesity
6. Extra Sleep can Boost Athletic Performance
7. Surgical Repair of Athletic Hernia Speeds Return to Play
8. Brain damage affects artistic skill
9. Arithmetic Skills Found To Diminish With Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease
10. Physical Activity Good For Developing Cognitive Skills
11. Medulloblastoma Irradiation In Young Children Found To Impair IQ And Reading Skills
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... Compliancy Group is ... software, The Guard®, has helped another long-time client pass their Department of Health ... satisfy the law. , Thanks to the help of the Compliancy Group's Audit ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... The Centers for Medicare ... Rule that it will transition to using only Worksheet S-10 to distribute Disproportionate Share ... of three live 60-minute complimentary webinars on October 17, 2017 at 2 ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... September 20, 2017 , ... ... for overcoming addiction. “RECYCLED Ezekiel's Plan for Freedom from ADDICTION” is the ... extensive background in the field of addiction and homeless services, including more than ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... ... “The Foggy Road to Moorwick”: the adventures of a young Scottish girl yearning to see ... Liston, a busy mother of five who used her time waiting for children to finish ... over twenty years. It was a way to give some meaning to the hours ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Only a few physicians ... include Brevard’s own Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS . The founder and medical ... Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who trained at Yale, Harvard and the University of Michigan. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/5/2017)... , Sept. 5, 2017  Just 18 months ... Insight is pleased to announce the appointment of three ... Tammy Wynne , Dominic Jones-Phillips and ... industry. Tammy ... team of market access writers. She has over ten ...
(Date:9/1/2017)...  Bayer will present the latest research from across its ... (ESMO) 2017 Congress, September 8-12 in Madrid, Spain ... clinical data on Bayer,s marketed portfolio and late-stage compounds as ... "We value the opportunity to ... at ESMO," said Carsten Brunn , Head of Pharmaceuticals, ...
(Date:8/28/2017)... 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRC), will present ... 11, 2017, in New York . ... scheduled to present at 11:05 a.m. Eastern Time. ... http://ir.hill-rom.com/events.cfm . A recorded replay will be available one hour ... 2017. About Hill-Rom ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: