The relation of sense of community in sport on resilience and cultural adjustment for youth refugees

Nina Fader, Eric Legg, Allison Ross

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Abstract

This study examined associations between a sense of community (SOC) and both resilience and cultural adjustment for resettled youth refugees who participate in a refugee soccer club. Though related to overall wellness (e.g. academic success, emotional safety, self-sufficiency), research on factors that promote resilience and cultural adjustment for youth refugees is limited. Participants in a youth soccer club specifically for refugees completed a questionnaire that assessed their feelings of SOC, resilience and perceived cultural adjustment. Multiple regression analysis indicates that SOC is a significant positive predictor of both resilience and cultural adjustment. As participant SOC increases, so does their resilience and perceived cultural adjustment. Results extend previous research on SOC by noting the potential benefits of SOC within sport specifically for youth refugees, as well as the potential value of youth sport programmes for refugees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWorld Leisure Journal
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • acculturation
  • Belonging
  • resettled refugees
  • resiliency
  • youth sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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