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Title: Tango programme for individuals with age-related macular degeneration
Contributor(s): Pinniger, Rosa (author); Brown, Rhonda  (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; McKinley, Patricia (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1177/0264619612470651
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Abstract: Recent research shows that tango dance is an absorbing and effective strategy to reduce levels of depression, while also increasing well-being. This study investigates the feasibility, acceptability, and adherence to a tango programme for individuals with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Depression is closely intertwined with the ARMD diagnosis, since the loss of central vision has a profoundly negative impact on the person's quality of life. Seventeen participants were randomised to tango dance (1.5 h, 2 times/week for 4 weeks) or wait-list control condition. Demographic questions and 'Visual Function Questionnaire' were taken at pre-test. Self-rated symptoms of depression, self-esteem, and satisfaction-with-life were assessed at pre-test and post-test. Tango group participants showed significant reductions in depression and significantly increased satisfaction-with-life and self-esteem at post-test relative to the controls, and reported physical improvement, including increased balance. Tango dance was demonstrated to be a feasible and positive activity for this population.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: British Journal of Visual Impairment, 31(1), p. 47-59
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0264-6196
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920199 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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