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ERIC Number: ED457443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
The Correlates of Dance Education among Adolescent Girls.
Vicario, Terra; Henninger, Erica; Chambliss, Catherine
This investigation extends previous research on the benefits of dance education, by further exploring the correlates of participation in dance classes for adolescent girls. The survey evaluated self-esteem, body image, dance ability, and perceived quality of peer and parent relationships. Students with greater dance experience were expected to report higher levels of perceived success, attractiveness, body awareness, and time management skills. The majority of students (77%) saw dance class as having improved their level of self-discipline. The majority (85%) also did not find that dance class made them hate their bodies. Girls who scored high on dance efficacy seemed to feel more attractive while dancing in addition to feeling more attractive at school. The parental support findings show a congruence between girls' and their parents' attitudes toward this activity. In assessing the potential harm of dance instruction, the 15% of students who reported hating their bodies as a result of dance were further evaluated. It was determined that body image played a great role in how they perceived this activity. It suggests that changes in how dance education is presented could make it possible to extend the current benefits to a greater percentage of participants. (Contains 16 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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