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The influence of parents in identifying and developing Australian female tennis talent

Young, Janet A. and Pearce, Alan J. 2011, The influence of parents in identifying and developing Australian female tennis talent, Journal of medicine and science in tennis, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 22-27.

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Title The influence of parents in identifying and developing Australian female tennis talent
Author(s) Young, Janet A.
Pearce, Alan J.
Journal name Journal of medicine and science in tennis
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 22
End page 27
Total pages 6
Publisher Society for Tennis Medicine and Science
Place of publication San Mateo, Calif.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1567-2352
Keyword(s) athlete development
tennis
parents
Summary This study investigated the role of parents in developing Australian female professional tennis players. Top WTA ranked Australian singles players (n=10) and their parents (n=10) responded to written questionnaires. Participants were asked to recall their tennis
background and describe the current role of parents and compare these to possible earlier roles. Further, participants were asked to make recommendations to parents who wanted to help a player develop her talent. A series of inductive content analyses was conducted to analyze the data. These analyses revealed a significant, and changing, role of parents in a development process extending over 10 years. Sacrifices were necessary in order to pursue a tennis career but positive benefits were generally reported by players and their parents. The importance of a caring and respectful home environment for aspiring players was highlighted.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Society for Tennis Medicine and Science
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050071

Document type: Journal Article
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