Predictors of parental involvement activities in sport

Pedro Teques, Sidónio Serpa, António Rosado, Luis Calmeiro

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The purpose of this research is to examine the utility of a theoretical model to predict parental involvement activities in children’s sport. Participants included 486 parents of young athletes of various sports, subdivided in two studies (n1 = 206, n2 = 280). Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) conducted in Study 1 supported the proposed measurement model. All factors also show reliability, convergent and discriminant validity. In the Study 2, a structural equation model demonstrated that the parental role beliefs, parental self-efficacy, perceptions of child invitations, selfperceived time and energy, and knowledge and skills predicted parents’ home-based involvement. Perceptions of coach invitations were a significant negative predictor. These same constructs, with the exception of perceptions of knowledge and skills and perceptions of coach invitations, predicted parents’ club-based involvement. Multi-group analysis demonstrated the invariance of the model. Findings suggest that this model offers a useful framework to understand parents’ home and clubbased involvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-209
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Measurement invariance
  • Parental beliefs
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Structural equation model
  • Youth sport


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