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Malmö Youth Sport Study

Contact person: Tomas Peterson
Responsible: Tomas Peterson
Co-workers: Susanna Hedenborg, Marie Larneby and Joakim Ingrell
Partner: Halmstad Högskola, Lunds universitet, The University of Western Cape och Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Funding: Centrum för Idrottsforskning
Timeframe: 2020-01-01 -- 2020-12-31
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Education and Society, Sport Sciences – Sport and Leisure

This is a sociological research project, studying children attending a secondary school with a physical activity profile. Such school forms have become popular both among youngsters and local politicians in Sweden. Since a few years, there is also a secondary school with a physical activity profile in Malmö, “Malmö idrottsgrundskola”.

Although the motives for starting these schools are not always clear, two goals are often mentioned: to foster elite athletes and to promote an active lifestyle. Yet very few of the pupils will become elite athletes. And it is not known whether pupils from this school form will take part in competitive or recreational sports in adulthood to a greater extent than their peers at ordinary schools. MYSS (Malmö Youth Sport Study) is a longitudinal study. Two basic questions to be answered are, firstly, if this school form contributes to a larger extent to foster elite athletes, and, secondly, if this school form contributes to pupils taking part in competitive or recreational sports in adulthood to a greater extent than their peers at ordinary schools.

The overall aim with the MYSS study is both to answer these two questions empirically, and to investigate which selection factors (gender-related, physiological, social, or psychological) could be used to explain the outcomes. This research project constitutes the sociological part of MYSS. Participants: All children born in two cohorts attending the “Malmö idrottsgrundskola”. Baseline data has been collected.

Baseline data for the sociological study includes two questionnaires. The first one is for the pupils, asking questions on their participation in sport and about socialisation factors related to sport participation. The second questionnaire is for the parents, asking questions on background factors as well as normative questions regarding their childrens´sport participation. The first follow-up in grade 9 is conducted and is under analysis 2019. The follow-ups in grade 12 is conducted for the first cohort, this application regards the second cohort. Four comparison groups have been identified. The first one includes pupils that also applied to the Sports School, but were not chosen. The second group includes girls and boys in the sport clubs where pupils from the school are members. The third group includes all girls and boys born in one part of Malmö, statistically similar to the whole of Malmö. The fourth group includes all girls and boys born in Malmö the relevant years.

 

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