Sport Psychology and Indigenous Performing Artists

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Stephanie J. HanrahanThe University of Queensland

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A group of students from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts participated in a mental skills training program that focused on goal setting, self-confidence development, and team building. There were 13 two-hour sessions held over a 20-week period. The participants, cultural issues, and the basic structure of the program are described. The author’s observations regarding competition, displays of affection, collective values, and the importance of family and nature are provided. The participants qualitatively evaluated the program. Conclusions related to group process, program structure, and diversity are presented. These conclusions should be of value in terms of shaping future group mental skills training programs.

The author is with the Schools of Psychology and Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland in Queensland 4072, Australia. E-mail:

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