"Supporting my daughter, the best way I can”: Parental support in youth golf

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Burgess et al. (Citation2016) emphasized the importance of parental support in youth sports as they provide financial, informational, and emotional support to the youth-athlete. Parents also play a “significant role in shaping youth sport experiences” (Sheridan et al., Citation2014, p. 198). Research around parental support has been conducted in sports such as tennis, gymnastics, and football. The aim of the present study was to examine the parents’ perspective of parental support in female youth golf, exploring how they support their female youth golfers, and if the support changes through their child’s development. Twenty-two semi structured interviews were conducted with parents (14 fathers, 10 mothers) of high-performance female golfers in the specializing or investment stages of Côté’s (Citation1999) DMSP. Participants were recruited from six countries (England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada). Using thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, Citation2012) six higher order themes were identified, namely, parental support: emotional, practical, technical, financial, organizational, and reflective support. The results align with the grounded theory of parental support (Burke et al., Citation2023a) providing an insight into the parents’ perspective of providing support aligning with informational, emotional, and instrumental support of the theory. Furthermore, the current research presented novel findings regarding reflective support that parents provide. Findings highlighted that parental support changed depending on temporal differences (place in the golf season) and their daughter’s development. The present research reinforces the need to provide support programs for parents based on their needs, rather than programs designed from a governing body or coaches perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
Early online date24 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished online - 24 Apr 2024

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© 2024 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Due to the nature of this research, participants of this study did not agree for their data to be shared publicly, so supporting data is not available.


  • parental support
  • youth sport
  • female golf
  • changes in support


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