Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Hugo M. Maynard
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Psychology
1 online resource (48 p.)
Dance therapy, Self-esteem
The intent of this study was to use an experimental model to investigate the use of dance training for improving the self-esteem of women over the age of 35.
Sixteen women over the age of 35 were taught jazz dance over a 10 week period. A pre and post test of the Tennessee Self Concept Scale was used on both a dance group and a no dance group. It was hypothesized there would be positive changes in three of the 10 scores in the TSCS for the dance group, but not for the no dance group. The scores predicted to were Physical Self, Personal Self, Self Satisfaction.
Analysis of covariance confirmed change in the Physical and Personal scores for the dance group but no change in the Self Satisfaction score. Behavioral Self and Total P scores also changed for the dance group.
Lofquist, Thelma J., "An experimental model using dance training as therapy for women over thirty five" (1979). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2793.