Social connection, capital and community sport

Social connections, social capital and sport: Understandings for women and girls from migrant and minority ethnic groups in Australia

This PhD research aims to explore whether and how sports participation can build social capital, wellbeing, and a sense of community for women and adolescent girls from migrant and minority ethnic groups in Melbourne, Australia and the barriers and facilitators to this.

Specific objectives of this research are to:
1. Explore the experiences of participating in sports for women and adolescent girls from migrant and minority ethnic backgrounds
2. Explore how contextual factors associated with sports participation at a sporting club influences the generation of social capital and subjective health and wellbeing outcomes for women and adolescent girls from migrant and minority ethnic backgrounds within Melbourne.
3. Understand the characteristics of social capital generated (if any) via sports participation, specifically for women and adolescent girls from migrant and minority ethnic backgrounds.

This research will take a mixed-methods approach to understand the experiences of women and adolescent girls from migrant and minority ethnic backgrounds participating in sport at local sports clubs and the contextual factors that influence social capital generation. An understanding of the characteristics of the social capital developed (if any) will be studied.

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