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Promoting Positive Parent Involvement: Developing a Novel Online Education Module for Parents of NCAA Student-Athletes

The transition to college athletics coincides with multiple developmental changes during emerging adulthood. Recent work examining parent involvement during this transition suggests that higher levels of parental support, contact, academic engagement, and athletic engagement strongly predict diminished emotional and functional independence in student-athletes. NCAA administrators and coaches therefore desire a campus-level mechanism to leverage positive aspects of sport parenting. Our study built on past work in the development of an interactive, online education module for parents of NCAA student-athletes across NCAA Divisions. Importantly, this data-driven, campus-level education module provides a resource for administrators, coaches, and parents to improve NCAA student-athlete development.