2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Lift For Life: Does Sports Participation Prevent Delinquency?
Lee A. Flagg
Dr. Amber Johnson , Faculty Mentor

Proponents of athletic activities argue that sports can be a means to prevent delinquency such as high school dropout; gang involvement; violence; and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. These arguments follow from Travis Hirschi's Social Control Theory, which argues that participation in legitimate activities (school, work, sports, etc.) inhibits deviance. This oral presentation will explore the relationship between sports participation and social deviance with a review of the literature that tests this theory.

Keywords: crime, delinquency, deviance, drugs, physical activity, sport, theory

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary
Sociology/Anthropology
Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 33-4
Location: OP 2111
Time: 2:00

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