Effects of an integrated Olympic education program on adolescent athletes' values and sport behavior

Saulius Sukys1, Daiva Majauskiene2
1Department of Health, Physical, and Social Education, Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuania
2Department of Health, Physical, and Social Education, Lithuanian Sports university, Lithuania
Cite this article:  Sukys, S., & Majauskiene, D. (2014). Effects of an integrated Olympic education program on adolescent athletes' values and sport behavior. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 42(5), 811-822.

Volume 42 Issue 5 | e3878 | Published: June 2014 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2014.42.5.811

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We examined the effect of an integrated program of Olympic education upon the adolescent athletes’ Olympic values and their behaviors in sport. Participants were 747 adolescents athletes (482 boys and 265 girls; aged between 13 and 18 years) from schools implementing (n = 430) and not implementing (n = 317) integrated Olympic education program. Participants completed measures of Olympic Ideals and prosocial and antisocial behavior in sport. Results revealed the effect of the Integrated Olympic education program on adolescent athletes’ Olympic values and prosocial behavior in sport. Adolescents’ athletes from schools implementing Olympic Education scored higher on human values of Olympism, social virtues of Olympism, individual pursuit of excellence, and the prosocial behavior in sport.

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