Four Hypotheses about the Public Policy Significance of Youth Recreation: Lessons from a Literature Review and a Data Analysis


Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)

Girls between the ages of 10 and 13 were slightly less likely to participate in sports with a coach, 22.7 per cent “never” participate compared to 18.9 per cent of boys. / Nearly three-quarters of children from the highest income quintile played sports with a coach one or more times per week compared to just over half (56.6 per cent) of children in the bottom quintile. / Youth who participated in organized sports were somewhat more likely to report being very satisfied with their level of self-esteem (46.5 per cent) compared to 37.0 per cent of non-participating youth.

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