Title

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

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Noval Science Publishers

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences

RAS ID

18520

Comments

This article was originally published as: Walker, A., Taylor, M. F., Caltabiano, N., & Pooley, J. (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), 135-146. Original article available here.

Abstract

Social capital support and a sense of connection with place are recognized components of a human well-being. 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.

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