Central America has and continues to be a region with high levels of youth violence. Given that PE is a mandatory school subject in Salvadoran schools (and in other Central American countries), shifting the focus toward a life skills-based approach to PE offers educators an opportunity to address the country’s number one public health concern which is youth violence. To our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind in El Salvador to explore the role of PE as it relates to youth violence and can help in future curricular revisions in schools and the development of degree programs at local universities.
Funding for this research was supported by an International Opportunities Fund Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada awarded to John Corlett, James Mandigo, Pedro Ticas, Ken Lodewyk, Enrique Garcia, and Joanna Sheppard. The authors wish to thank the following individuals for their assistance with this research project: Luis Mario Aparicio, Jessica Cerritos, staff at the UPES Research Office, Nick Beamish, and Jillian Weir. The authors also wish to acknowledge the work of Dr. Andy Anderson who was instrumental in helping to start this research and was taken from us far too early. We miss you Andy! Finally, the authors also wish to acknowledge the contributions of Scotiabank International who helped to provide initial funding to the Salud Escolar Integral program in El Salvador.
Mandigo, J., Corlett, J., Ticas, P. and Vasquez, R. (2014), "The Role of Physical Education in the Prevention of Youth Violence: A Life Skills-Based Approach in El Salvador", Sport, Social Development and Peace (Research in the Sociology of Sport, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 103-126. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1476-285420140000008005Download as .RIS
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