Influence of Acculturation, Social Support and Perceived Constraints on Level of Sport Participation

By Jae Won Kang.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The concepts and theories of culture appearing in this study provide a way of understanding the degree of comfort individuals feel in their culture of origin as well as the mainstream culture. This study will attempt to assess how the extent of sport consumption behaviors, in the context of the dynamic nature of young Koreans, is influenced by the construct of acculturation modes directly and indirectly within the modified theory of planned behavior, thus filling a gap in the literature. This study is significant because it examines whether assimilation has the potential to promote culturally specific participation. A better understanding of sport participation of young Koreans in Australia will contribute to positive outcomes for the wider Korean-Australian community. It was expected that this study would provide an overview of current realities, possibilities and the practical challenges relating to young Koreans’ participation in sport in Australia. Findings from this research contribute to the knowledge base for the development of responsive sport governing bodies and policy relevant to increasing level of sport participation by young Koreans.

Keywords: The Theory of Planned Behaviour, Acculturation, Social Support, Constraints, Sport Participation

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 721.967KB).

Dr. Jae Won Kang

PhD Candidate, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Jaewon Kang is currently completing a PhD in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Jaewon has a degree in Human Movement (RMIT University) and a master of Education (The University of Sydney) and Sport/Recreation Management degrees (Victoria University). Jaewon is a master instructor at 7th Dan (black-belt) in Taekwondo. Jae Won has been actively involved in sport (martial arts) coaching training, education and curriculum development for many years. His research interests and publications are in the areas of socio-cultural impacts of sport. In recent years Jaewon has taught Taekwondo history and identity studies at Victoria University, Australia.