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Last updated: 10 february, 2010 - 13:43 GMT

Skateboarding 'helps boys socialise'

A skateboarder tumbles

Young skaters say skateboarding keeps them away from trouble

It's not rare to hear people using words like 'rowdy', 'disrespectful' and 'a scourge on our streets' when they talk about skateboarders.

But a new report published in the Journal of Adolescent Research paints a different picture.

It says skate parks are positive places, which encourage civic responsibility and social skills.

Young skateboarders on the banks of the River Thames in London told the BBC they agreed with the finding.

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Dr Graham Bradley is the author of the report.

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First broadcast 9 February 2010

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