Dancing and depression
Type of Spiritual Experience
I don't know what an underserved adult is.
I presume they don't mean serving in the animal husbandry sense, but who knows - researchers are strange animals themselves.......
A description of the experience
J Aging Phys Act. 2014 Jul;22(3):380-5. doi: 10.1123/japa.2013-0003. Epub 2013 Aug 12.
Effects of dance on depression, physical function, and disability in underserved adults.
Murrock CJ1, Graor CH.
- 1School of Nursing, University of Akron, Akron, OH.
This study documented the feasibility and immediate effects of a dance intervention two times per week for 12 weeks on depression, physical function, and disability in older, underserved adults.
The one-group, pretest-posttest study had a convenience sample of 40 participants recruited from a federally subsidized apartment complex located in an economically depressed, inner-city neighborhood.
Depression, physical function, and disability were measured at baseline and 12 weeks.
Average age was 63 years (SD = 7.9), 92% were female, and 75% were African American. At baseline, participants reported increased depression (M = 20.0, SD = 12.4), decreased physical function (M = 56.6, SD = 10.9), and increased disability limitations (M = 65.7, SD = 14.9).
At posttest, paired t tests showed that the dance intervention significantly decreased depression, t = 6.11, p < .001, and disability, t = -2.70, p = .014, and significantly increased physical function, t = -2.74, p = .013.
The results indicate that the 12-week dance intervention may be an effective adjunct therapy to improve depression, disability, and physical function in underserved adults.