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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
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MORAES, Luiz Carlos; RABELO, André Scotti and SALMELA, John Henry. Parents role in the development of soccer players. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2004, vol.17, n.2, pp. 211-222. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722004000200009.
This study investigated the role of parents in the development of soccer players. Twenty parents and 12 soccer players, between 15 and 18 years old participated in the study. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches were used by administrating questionnaires forms and interviews. It was observed that few changes occurred in the family routines and that parents were minimally involved in their sons' sport activities. This did not appear to be a constraint for their sons' development because of their passion for soccer, the total amount of practice, and a potential lucrative professional career. Researchers should carefully adopt important paradigms from first world countries to another country with contextual differences.
Keywords : Parents; roles; young; athletes; football; Brazil.