FELTZ DEBORAH L.; EWING, MARTHA E.Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: October 1987 Sport psychology in the eighties: PDF Only Free Abstract ABSTRACT FELTZ, D. L. and M. E. EWING. Psychological characteristics of elite young athletes. Med Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 19, No. 5 (Supplement), pp. S98–S105, 1987. The psychological aspects of youth sports participation is one area of research that has been identified as important by parents, coaches, and sport psychology researchers. Unfortunately, little research has been conducted on this topic with elite young athletes. This paper briefly reviews the psychological research on children in sport in the areas of participation motivation and psychological stress and then focuses on the psychological research with elite young athletes. The last section of the paper discusses issues and recommendations for studying the elite young athlete. © Williams & Wilkins 1987. All Rights Reserved.