Talent Development: The Role of the Family

Chris G. Harwood, Julie P. Douglas and Antoinette M. Minniti

in The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199731763
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Talent Development: The Role of the Family

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The process of talent development has been a theme within sport psychology that has consistently stimulated research for over 30 years. Commercial, professional, and economic developments that characterize competitive sport have significantly raised the profile and fiscal impact of this process. There is an increasing emphasis within national sport organizations to develop bigger talent pools and achieve success. On an international level, that means economic and pride rewards for athletes and their countries. Results matter in the high-performance sport industry and, thus, our understanding of the mechanisms behind talent development is crucial. This chapter considers the diverse roles of the family in talent development by drawing together research that underpins our current understanding of the family's significant influence on this complex process. Recent developments in the literature and proposed new directions for the research are also discussed, alongside applied implications.

Keywords: Talent development; family; parents; siblings; social support; parenting styles

Article.  13052 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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