Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Sport Science
Physical Ed for Teacher Ed
Paul M Wright
Ben P Dyson
The purpose of this study is to describe and interpret the experiences and perspectives of participants in a community-based TPSR martial arts program designed to promote positive youth development among at-risk African American adolescents living in an urban environment.Case study methodology was use to do investigate and analyze the experiences and perspectives of participants, relative to the benefits of martial arts, relevance of martial arts on life, youth development, and skill acquisition.Participants were four male members of the YMCA Community Action Plan (Y-CAP) program.Data sources included observational field notes, case files, and interviews with Y-CAP staff, participants, and parents.The specific questions that guided the research was: What was the objective of the martial arts club; What knowledge did the participants gain from their martial arts experience; Did the martial arts club promote positive youth development among at-risk youth; and Did the martial arts club experience promote physical skill and technique development?Results brought into view four diverse cases that proved relevant and informative in capturing the experiences and perspectives of participants in the martial arts program.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Moten, Tennille Danise, "Promoting Youth Development through Martial Arts in a Community-Based Program" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 33.