Perceived Family Influences in Talent Development Among Artistically Talented Teenagers in Singapore

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Though there have been quite a number of research studies focusing on how Singaporean families promote literacy and instill values of academic excellence inside the home, little has been written about how families nurture the gifts of teenagers talented in the arts in the Singaporean context. This article highlights how the family influences the talent development of teacher-nominated teenagers who are identified to be among the top in visual arts, dance, theater, music, and academics. Through in-depth interviews conducted with the 14 talented teenagers, the researcher highlights their family's involvement and interest in the arts, their parents' occupational backgrounds, as well as family values and activities that the young artists-in-training perceive to be influential in shaping the development of their artistic talents. Reflections on patterns of childrearing in the Asian context are likewise discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-17
Number of pages11
JournalRoeper Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • artists-in-training
  • child rearing
  • culture
  • family values
  • literacy
  • resilience
  • talent development
  • the arts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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