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Ballroom dance lessons for geriatric depression: An exploratory study

Authors
Journal
The Arts in Psychotherapy
0197-4556
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
33
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2005.10.001
Keywords
  • Depression
  • Treatment
  • Dance Lessons
  • Exercise
  • Older Adults
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Twenty depressed, community-dwelling older adults (average age = 69) completed a pilot study of ballroom dance lessons as a treatment for geriatric depression. Participants were randomly assigned to either an immediate or delayed treatment condition. All participants received eight ballroom dance lessons from a selection of six dances (foxtrot, waltz, rumba, swing, cha-cha, and tango) from the National Dance Council of America's syllabus. Effect sizes were in the medium range for the HRSD ( d = .51) and GDS ( d = .40), and in the small range for the SCL-90R ( d = .17). There was some support for self-efficacy and hopelessness as outcome predictors. Participant feedback indicated the dance lessons were enjoyable and well-received.

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