Parental commitment to competitive swimming

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Richard L. Dukes


This research explores the process of parental commitment to sport participation of children. A survey of 464 USA Swimming households showed commitment increased with the number of child swimmers and
the belief that swimming enhances child development. However, higher SES and greater commitment to swimming resulted in greater perceived interference of swimming with family life. Results are interpreted in terms of family habitus -interrelated cultural and structural factors associated with the expression of parental commitment.

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