The purpose of this cross sectional study was to predict feelings of belonging and social responsibility based on the motivational climate perceptions and contingent self-worth of children participating in urban after-school physical activity programs. Three-hundred and four elementary school students from a major Midwestern city participated. Based on multiple regression analyses we predicted 39 % of the variance in feelings of belonging largely due to perceptions of leadership emotional support and task climate and 31 % of the variance in feelings of social responsibility largely due to perceptions of a caring climate. Our findings support the importance of after school physical activity programs, which appear to provide nurturing environments that may contribute to feelings of belonging and social responsibility.
Education | Health and Physical Education | Kinesiology | Sports Sciences
Martin, J., Byrd, B., Garn, A., McCaughtry, N., Kulik, N., & Centeio, E.E. (2016). Predicting social responsibility and belonging in urban after school physical activity programs with underserved children. The Urban Review, 48(3), 403-418. doi: 10.1007/s11256-016-0360-2