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Defining the Performing Artist: How a Health Psychology Course Integrates into University Performing Arts Training

David J. Popalisky, Marie G. Herbert
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 15 Number 4: Page 148 (December 2000)

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Abstract: University dance and theatre students are at risk for a range of eating disorders because their bodies are their primary instrument of focus and performance and because of the developmental challenges of young adulthood. The head of the dance program and a psychologist from the same private university's counseling center collaborated to create a course to address the psychological and physical health needs of this group of students. The history of the development of the course is presented, followed by a discussion of its content, preliminary assessment of its effectiveness, and future directions.

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