Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Skate parks beneficial for adolescents

February 23, 2010
The popular perception that skateboarders are anti-social vandals is inaccurate according to new research. The study, funded by Griffith University and the Gold Coast City Council, and published in the Journal of Adolescent Research, demonstrates that skate parks are positive environments for adolescents.
Psychologist, Graham Bradley, observed Gold Coast skate parks over 20 sessions, and interviewed about 600 people for his year-long study. He found little evidence to suggest skateboarders were in conflict with their families or engaged in anti-social behaviour such as vandalism.
Professor Bradley explained "despite polarised attitudes to skate parks, park users reported levels of personal adjustment and social integration similar to those of other adolescents.
"Most skaters seemed respectful of each other, of their skate parks, and of skateboarding customs and rules. Skaters as a whole were not alienated from mainstream institutions like family and school."
There was no evidence of fighting, bullying, intimidation or damaging of public property. During the times of observations, the parks were peaceful and harmonious places.
Despite overcrowding in the skate parks, different skill levels and little supervision, most participants abided by the norms of taking turns and sharing the available space.
Professor Bradley said that skate parks were shown to be valuable in youth development, adding "as well as encouraging physical activity and skills development, skate parks provide opportunities for young males to develop social skills such as co-operation, turn-taking and conflict resolution."

Support our industry news service
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

As an independent publisher, we need reader support for our industry news gathering so ask that - if you don't already do so - you back us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine and/or our online news.

Click here to view our subscription options.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Email for trade enquiries:  Customer support desk - Click Myzone support or go to ‘help’ on myzone app to access live support. Myzone® is the leading…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness


State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see

read more




Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces


Anti Wave International

Anti Wave International is the original suppliers of top performance swim, aquatic sports, leisure and pool programming equipment. Founded in 1971, Anti Wave International is proud of its…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Sport


XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness


Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more




About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology


ProSlide Technology

ProSlide is the global leader in water ride design and manufacturing, supplying high-performance water attractions to new and expanding water parks around the world. For over three decades, ProSlide…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business