Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (71 p.)
Dance therapy, Self-perception
Numerous authors in the field of dance therapy have proposed that dance movement employed as a psychotherapeutic tool yields positive gains in mental health for participants. Self concept is frequently cited as the mechanism affecting these gains. In order to explore the relationship of dance movement alone to self concept fifteen college women were tested with the Tennessee Self Concept Scale before and after participation in a course of dance with those of nineteen women enrolled in lower division psychology courses. An analysis of covariance showed no significant changes in self concept scores in either group. It was concluded that self concept change is not a necessary outcome of dance training and that other variables in the therapy setting may affect gains in mental health.
Anderson, Robin Dale, "Dance and self concept change in women" (1979). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3007.