The Impact of a Recess-Based Leadership Program on Urban Elementary School Students

  • Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
  • April 13, 2017

William V. Massey, Megan Babkes Stellino, Megan Wilkison & Meredith Whitley

Urban youth face more barriers to physical activity outside of the school day. Results from this study suggest that youth have the ability to be change makers in the school setting, influencing the school culture in positive ways by reducing bullying, role modeling for younger students and teaching conflict resolution. Not only are youth capable of serving as leaders and role models, but they desire to be placed in such roles.


Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Related Studies

December 1, 2014

Playing Fair: The Contribution of High-Functioning Recess to Overall School Climate in Low-Income Elementary Schools ›

In schools that achieved a high functioning recess, teachers and principals agreed that by the end of the year, recess offered more opportunities for student engagement, conflict resolution, pro-social skill…

April 11, 2017

The Impact of a Multi-Component Physical Activity Programme in Low-Income Elementary Schools ›

Results from this study provide evidence that school recess can be used to teach social–emotional competencies that can impact student behavior during recess and in the classroom. There were an…

December 8, 2017

Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act ›

A new review conducted by RAND Corporation and commissioned by The Wallace Foundation found that Playworks stands out among social and emotional learning (SEL) programs for evidence of impact. The…