n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Youth development through sport and its effects on life satisfaction : a strength based approach and quality of life - : health and quality of life

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The promotion of youth development in sport has become a central tenet because of its potential to build character in terms of physical, mental and moral health. The elements of youth development are the foundations in modern society, forming an integral component of their development which edifies them to lead active and healthy lives. The study examines the variables of positive youth development through sport participation and its effects on life satisfaction. The study is located within a post-positive paradigm as opposed to a 'deficit-reduction' approach by paying attention to building strengths rather than addressing an individual deficiencies or shortcomings through negative outcomes. A quantitative survey design was used which involved 270 learners in public secondary schools in the southern Gauteng region of the province of Gauteng. The results showed that the majority of youth development variables were correlated significantly with life satisfaction. The regression analysis also indicated strong positive predictive relationship with youth development outcomes and life satisfaction. It is recommended that sustainable programmes be put in place for positive youth development through a partnership model. Surrounding youth with an array of well-designed sport activities may assist to create an enabling environment that could lead to healthy and satisfying lives.

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