The psychological benefits of Circus Skills Training (CST) in schoolchildren

Neave, Nick, Johnson, Angie, Whelan, Kathryn and McKenzie, Karen (2020) The psychological benefits of Circus Skills Training (CST) in schoolchildren. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 11 (4). pp. 488-497. ISSN 1944-3927

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Physical exercise can enhance various aspects of character and education, but children may not engage due to a variety of barriers. Circus Skills Training (CST) is a novel approach to encourage participation in exercise and develop physical literacy. It delivers circus skills in a positive, non-competitive and supportive social atmosphere, making it particularly appealing to those who avoid traditional competitive team sports. In a between-subjects design we compared 2 groups of children (aged 9–12) on various measures of physical and psychological wellbeing at baseline, and again after one group had received 6 months of CST training as part of their school’s physical education classes. Significant differences between CST and none-CST children were found for teacher ratings of emotional problems, with the CST-group showing fewer such problems. CST could offer an innovative means of encouraging children to engage with exercise and provide wider benefits in terms of psychological wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Circus Skills, physical exercise, physical literacy, optimism, emotional problems, wellbeing.
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 12:10
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2021 03:30

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