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Newly arrived migrant youths in Sweden: Attitudinal, normative and regulative determinants of the intention to participate in organized sports

Journal article
Authors Konstantin Kougioumtzis
Stefan Wagnsson
Published in International Journal of Physical Education : A Review Publication
Volume LVII
Issue 1
Pages 27-40
ISSN 0341-8685
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Food and Nutrition, and Sport Science
Pages 27-40
Language en
Keywords Key words: youth sports, migration, theory of planned behaviour, quantitative research.
Subject categories International education, Sport and Fitness Sciences


Abstract At the peak of the European migrant crisis in 2015, protection was granted to 15,000 migrant youths in Sweden. As organized sports can play a vital role in the inclusion of migrants, the purpose of this study is to highlight newly arrived youths’ sports participation. 422 youths completed a questionnaire based on a reasoned action approach. According to the results, newly arrived youths’ intentions to participate in organized sports can be significantly predicted by attitudes, perceived norms and perceived behavioural control. Comparisons between participants who were currently active, previously active and never active in organized sports in Sweden revealed intention to be the most important factor associated with perceived capacity and perceived norms. Intervention planners should consider perceived capacity to be a key component for sports participation among newly arrived migrant youths. A second critical component when focusing on migrant youths who have stopped participating in sports is perceived norms.

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