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Dance/dance movement therapy and general wellbeing, depression, and anxiety : a meta-analysis

Peters, HJ 2012 , 'Dance/dance movement therapy and general wellbeing, depression, and anxiety : a meta-analysis', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The overall aim of this study was to examine the effects of general/recreational dance
and dance movement therapy (DMT) on general wellbeing, depression, and anxiety by
conducting a meta-analysis on all randomised controlled trials evaluating these outcomes,
that have been conducted since Ritter and Low's (1996) meta-analysis, which also
investigated the effects of DMT. In addition, this study examined moderation of the effect of
general/recreational dance and DMT by age, gender, type of dance (general/recreational vs.
DMT), type of country (Eastern vs. Western), and type of therapist (specific vs. general).
Results indicated that dance/DMT had small, but significant and positive effects on general
wellbeing, depression, and anxiety. The effects for general wellbeing and depression were
moderated by type of therapist, but were not moderated by age, gender, type of dance, or type
of country. Results are discussed in relation to the quality of the trials included, Ritter and
Low's findings, the findings of the moderation analyses, and the implications these findings
have for psychologists who may be interested in using dance/DMT as an adjunctive
intervention technique.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Peters, HJ
Keywords: Dance therapy, Movement therapy, Mental illness
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Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references

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