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ERIC Number: EJ852338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Dancers' Body Esteem, Fitness Esteem, and Self-Esteem in Three Contexts
Van Zelst, Laura; Clabaugh, Alison; Morling, Beth
Journal of Dance Education, v4 n2 p48-57 2004
Sixty-two college-aged, ballet and modern dancers evaluated their bodies and themselves in different dance and non-dance settings. In a self-report survey design, dancers' body esteem, fitness esteem, and self-esteem (an overall self-evaluation) were measured in three different contexts. Dancers rated their body esteem, fitness esteem, and self-esteem the lowest in a dance class context. Their body, fitness, and self-esteem were all rated significantly higher in the two other contexts--a dance performance and a party with friends. Body esteem in all contexts, for both ballet and modern dancers, was always rated lower than fitness esteem. Ballet and modern dancers did not differ in their body esteem and fitness esteem scores; however, modern dancers reported higher self-esteem than ballet dancers across the contexts. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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