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Parent involvement in young adults’ intercollegiate athletic careers: Developmental considerations and applied recommendations

During the college transition, student-athletes have to balance sport and academic pursuits. Parent involvement is an integral, but potentially problematic, aspect of this transition. The present research was designed to identify aspects of parent involvement that predict positive developmental outcomes in student-athletes. NCAA Division I coaches and administrators (n=30) from Utah State University and Purdue University were interviewed to provide key stakeholder perceptions of parent involvement in NCAA athletics and student-athletes (n=514) responded to surveys tapping parent involvement and student-athlete development. Data were examined across a range of demographic variables. Findings were used to design the evidence-based guides for administrators and parents.