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Title: Intensive Tango Dance Program for People With Self-Referred Affective Symptoms
Contributor(s): Pinniger, Rosa (author); Thorsteinsson, Einar B  (author)orcid ; Brown, Rhonda  (author); McKinley, Patricia (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1177/1943862112470143
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Abstract: Recent research shows that tango dance may be an effective strategy for influencing symptoms that contribute to mood disorders. In this study, we examined the efficacy of a short-duration intensive tango program (ie, 2 weeks). Forty-one participants were randomized to tango dance (1½ hours, 4 times/week for 2 weeks) or to a wait-list control condition. Self-rated symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-efficacy, satisfaction with life and mindfulness were assessed at pretest, posttest, and 1 month later. Tango group participants showed significant reductions in depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia at posttest relative to the controls, whereas satisfaction with life and self-efficacy were significantly increased. At 1-month follow-up, depression, anxiety, and stress levels remained reduced relative to the wait-list controls. Thus, this brief but intensive program of tango dance was shown to be an effective strategy in alleviating mood disorders in people who self-report these symptoms.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Music and Medicine, 5(1), p. 15-22
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1943-863X
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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