Creating friendship networks, establishing a social identity, developing a sense of belonging, meeting new people, and building connections with the community: the social capital support health benefits to be derived from skateboarding in skate-parks

Walker, Adam, Taylor, Myra F, Caltabiano, Nerina, and Pooley, Julie Ann (2014) Creating friendship networks, establishing a social identity, developing a sense of belonging, meeting new people, and building connections with the community: the social capital support health benefits to be derived from skateboarding in skate-parks. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 7 (2). pp. 135-146.

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Abstract

Social capital support and a sense of connection with place are recognized components of human wellbeing. This study examines the social capital support health benefits to be derived from skateboarding in skate-parks. A content analysis of 35 skateboarders' survey responses revealed the existence of four benefits, namely, establishing new and reconnecting with old friendships; bonding to a friendship group, gaining peer respect and status; and increased opportunities to interact with people. Collectively, these benefits expanded the skateboarders' social horizons by providing increased opportunities to gain community recognition and acceptance. The implications for planning integrated communities through enhancing skateboarding opportunities are discussed.

Item ID: 37726
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2374-085X
Keywords: skateboarding, skate-parks, social capital support, health benefits, friendship networks, integrated communities
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2015 23:15
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 40%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 30%
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