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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 10:55am - 11:15am
Youth Participation in Athletics as a Deterrence from Juvenile Delinquency

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During the developmental stages of youth, the presence of positive social bonds and a sense of belonging are essential to deter juvenile delinquency. Athletics specifically can be an outlet for youth to avoid criminal behavior. Like other extracurricular activities, sports unites children as a team forming a sense of “community” or “togetherness.” Participating on sports teams creates social bonds and consumes a majority of youths’ free time lowering chances of youth to turn to crime. Numerous studies have already been conducted affirming this relationship. Past research contains conflicting data, therefore a meta-analysis will be conducted to synthesize and integrate previous findings and explore the patterns in relation to athletics that deter juvenile delinquency. Results will indicate that youth who are involved in athletics are less likely to be involved in juvenile delinquency due to the strong bonds generated from being on a team. Applying this evidence into our society will assist in the daily efforts to reduce juvenile delinquency rates.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:55am - 11:15am
236 Zageir Hall

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