Visualizing individual dynamics: The case of a talented adolescent

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Abstract

Research on talent and performance development has primarily focused on inter-individual differences. However, research suggests that performance and the underlying determinants change over time, in an individual-specific dynamic way. This chapter illustrates a method to measure, understand, and visualize the performance- and psychosocial dynamics of a talented adolescent athlete. During one season, a talented tennis player filled out an online diary questionnaire twice a week. We visualized the results using R-scripts that we made openly available. This facilitated the interpretation of the athlete’s performance- and psychosocial dynamics, which are influenced by particular events in the athlete’s life. Altogether, the current study provides insight into how the adolescent and the context interact and mutually affect each other in successive iterations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychosocial Development in Adolescence
Subtitle of host publicationInsights from the Dynamic Systems Approach
EditorsE. Saskia Kunnen, Naomi N. P. De Ruiter, Bertus F. Jeronimus, Mandy A. E. Van der Gaag
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter13
Pages209-222
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315165844
ISBN (Print)9781138055568, 9781138055551
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Adolescent Development
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • talent development
  • dynamical systems
  • visualization
  • sport performance
  • tennis
  • Intra-individual variability

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