Effects of Parental Involvement on the Participation of Students in Sports
Objectives: Parental involvement in sports activities of school-going children is considered as an important factor towards their sports participation. So, the purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of parental motivation, parental perception, and parental financial support on the participation of students in sports.
Methods: A sample of 387 male students were selected through simple random sampling. Descriptive statistics, correlation, and regression analysis techniques were applied.
Results: The Cronbach's alpha reliability for overall scales was 0.90. The average age of the participants was 15.46 years. The parental motivation level was close to moderate, the parental perception level was below moderate, the parental financial support level was above moderate and the sports participation level was equal to moderate level. All variables were positively and significantly (p<0.01) correlated with each other.
Conclusion: Parental financial support had a positive and significant effect on students’ sports participation. Therefore, parents and school management should provide sports equipment, coaching facilities, and a safe environment to improve the students' sports activities for their sound health and mind.