Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11917
Title: Argentine tango dance compared to mindfulness meditation and a waiting-list control: A randomised trial for treating depression
Contributor(s): Pinniger, Rosa (author); Brown, Rhonda  (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; McKinley, Patricia (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2012.07.003
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11917
Abstract: Objectives: To determine whether tango dancing is as effective as mindfulness meditation in reducing symptoms of psychological stress, anxiety and depression, and in promoting well-being. Design: This study employed analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) and multiple regression analysis. Participants: Ninety-seven people with self-declared depression were randomised into tango dance or mindfulness meditation classes, or to control/waiting-list. Setting: classes were conducted in a venue suitable for both activities in the metropolitan area of Sydney, Australia. Interventions: Participants completed six-week programmes (1 1/2 h/week of tango or meditation). The outcome measures were assessed at pre-test and post-test. Main outcome measures: Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale; The Self Esteem Scale; Satisfaction with Life Scale, and Mindful Attention Awareness Scale. Results: Sixty-six participants completed the program and were included in the statistical analysis. Depression levels were significantly reduced in the tango (effect size d = 0.50, p = .010), and meditation groups (effect size d = 0.54, p = .025), relative to waiting-list controls. Stress levels were significantly reduced only in the tango group (effect size d = 0.45, p = .022). Attending tango classes was a significant predictor for the increased levels of mindfulness R² = .10, adjusted R² = .07, F (2,59) = 3.42, p = .039. Conclusion: Mindfulness-meditation and tango dance could be effective complementary adjuncts for the treatment of depression and/or inclusion in stress management programmes. Subsequent trials are called to explore the therapeutic mechanisms involved.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20(6), p. 377-384
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1873-6963
0965-2299
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Statistics to Oct 2018: Visitors: 293
Views: 295
Downloads: 0
Appears in Collections:Journal Article

Files in This Item:
2 files
File Description SizeFormat 
Show full item record

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

44
checked on Nov 30, 2018

Page view(s)

74
checked on Mar 2, 2019
Google Media

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Items in Research UNE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.