The Quebec government is looking at the behaviour of parents in hockey arenas in an effort to reduce violence in the stands.

Michelle Courchesne, the provincial education and sports minister, announced the study as part of the province's Arena Week.

The project is to help minor hockey officials and municipalities deal with aggressive behaviour by adults at sports events.

Courchesne says bad behaviour by adults in the stands of minor hockey events has received a lot of publicity and given the sport a black eye.

She says it could make it harder to attract players, volunteers, referees and the public in general to games.

The results of the study will be announced in May at the next meeting of Quebec's association of arenas, sports and recreation facilities.