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Myself or Someone Like Me: A Review of the Literature on the Psychological Well-being of Child Actors

Leslie Margaret Anderson
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 26 Number 3: Page 146 (September 2011)

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Abstract: The number of child actors on television, in movies, and on stage has increased dramatically in recent years. While many regulations and laws are in place to protect the physical and financial well-being of these young performers, little attention has been given to their psychological health and the strength of their self-concepts. This paper reviews the literature related to child actors' psychological well-being and makes a case for future research into the topic. Available data are very limited but suggest that actors may have a weaker self-concept and more psychological concerns than people who are not actors, and that the personalities and behaviors actors display publically may be incorporated into their self-concepts. As a result, child actors appear to have unique psychological needs that should be addressed.

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