This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.

Promoting Life Skills for Adolescent Males Through Sport

Promoting life skills for adolescent males through sport

Despite the popularity and success of youth sport programs today, debate continues regarding the potential benefits and costs of organized competitive sport for children. The key word in all these discussions is potential. The potential benefits of sport include physical development, such as skill learning and fitness; development of psychological characteristics, such as positive self-esteem and the ability to cope with stress; and development of social qualities, such as empathy for others and development of lifetime friendships (Weiss, 1995, p. 40).

The purpose of this chapter is to describe a specific model of intervention that uses life skills, especially as they relate to sport, as a means of promoting psychosocial development ...

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