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Parkour/Freerunning as a Pathway to Prosocial Change: A Theoretical Analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Ward, Tony Herrmann, Johanna 2016-05-16T05:12:17Z 2016-05-16T05:12:17Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract Parkour/freerunning is a training method for overcoming physical and mental obstacles, and has been proposed as a unique tool to engage youth in healthy leisure activities (e.g., Gilchrist & Wheaton, 2011). Although practitioners have started to utilise parkour/freerunning in programmes for youth at risk of antisocial behaviour, this claim is insufficiently grounded in theory and research to date. In fact, the common misrepresentation of the practice in the media has led to confusion and debate about the nature of parkour/freerunning. In a conceptual and historical analysis, I explore what parkour/freerunning is, and how it can impact on the practitioner. Results from the analysis reveal values, goals and assumptions that parkour/freerunning is built upon, as well as a set of physical, mental, socio-moral and cognitive-behavioural skills developed through the practice. As illustrated by its history, parkour/freerunning has emerged as a highly versatile tool for self-development and change. These insights are used to discuss how parkour/freerunning relates to contemporary frameworks of offender rehabilitation. A comparative analysis demonstrates that parkour/freerunning is largely capable of meeting the standards of rehabilitation practice guided by the Risk-Need-Responsivity model. Moreover, key goals, assumptions and general approach in parkour/freerunning are naturally in line with those in the Good Lives Model of offender rehabilitation. The major overlaps of parkour/freerunning with both frameworks suggest that the practice can increase the individual’s capacity to live a healthy and prosocial life, and reduce the risk of reoffending. Particularly when applied within the GLM, parkour/freerunning offers a pathway to identity formation and transformation. Although this claim is in need of further exploration, I propose that parkour/freerunning can be utilised to enhance the practice of offender rehabilitation as an engaging and easily accessible tool for prosocial change. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Offender rehabilitation en_NZ
dc.subject Youth en_NZ
dc.subject Parkour fr
dc.subject Freerunning en_NZ
dc.subject Good Lives Model en_NZ
dc.subject Prosocial en_NZ
dc.subject Sport en_NZ
dc.subject Leisure en_NZ
dc.title Parkour/Freerunning as a Pathway to Prosocial Change: A Theoretical Analysis en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Psychology en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Psychology en_NZ Criminology en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Science en_NZ
dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ 2016-05-09T04:15:18Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 170104 Forensic Psychology en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 940402 Crime Prevention en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 920401 Behaviour and Health en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 4 EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT en_NZ

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