Parental Role in Optimizing Dancer Wellness

Knight, C. J., Clements, L. and Calahan, R. (2020) Parental Role in Optimizing Dancer Wellness. In: Complete Irish Dancer: Optimization of Health and Performance in Irish Dance. Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology . Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA. ISBN 9781536173895

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Irish dancing (ID) is a costly and time-consuming activity, particularly at the elite level. For dancers to be able to participate and perform they are heavily dependent upon the guidance and encouragement of their parents. However, being the parent of a young dancer is likely to be associated with a range of challenges, not least knowing how best to support their child. The aim of this chapter is to provide some insights into the role of parents in helping to optimize young dancers’ wellness and performance, as well as understanding the experiences of parents themselves. Within ID, limited attention has been afforded to understanding parents’ influence and involvement in helping children to develop and progress. However, drawing on experiential knowledge from ID, as well as literature from parenting and youth sport, this chapter begins by overviewing parenting styles and practices, before focusing specifically upon the role of parents within performance settings. Gender specific parenting practices, with particular emphasis on male dancers, are exploreded. The chapter concludes by examining strategies to enhance positive parent-teacher interactions and optimize parental involvement in ID.

Publication Type: Book Sections
Additional Information: Chapter 11
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irish dancing, Health and wellbeing, Peak performance, Injury prevention, Biopsychosocial management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dance
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Lucie Clements
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2020 14:13
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2020 14:13

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