Life Skill Development and Transfer: "They're Not Just Meant for Playing Sports"

Academic Article


  • Purpose:In response to the Grand Challenge of promoting the Healthy Development for All Youth, many programs aim to enhance the development and transfer of life skills. However, within sport-based positive youth development (PYD) programs, life skills are understood through adult-centric perspectives. To better serve youth, research is needed that explores life skills through the lived experiences of youth.Method:Thirteen youth, who met the purposive sampling criteria, participated in the study. Data were collected using two methods. Semi-structured interviews explored life skill development, while photo-elicitation interviews explored life skill transfer.Results:Findings illustrated youth developed, as well as transferred, a variety of intrapersonal and interpersonal life skills. Youth identified, defined, and applied life skills that were both explicitly taught by the program and others that were not.Conclusions:Findings can be used to inform the strategic design of sport-based PYD programs and intentional facilitative coaching practices of their staff.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2020
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • behavioral health problems
  • life skill development
  • life skill transfer
  • socially vulnerable youth
  • sport-based positive youth development
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 643
  • End Page

  • 657
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 6