A cross-sectional examination of the mental and social well-being of older female Scottish country dancers and physically active non-dancers

Elliott, David and Dewhurst, Susan (2016) A cross-sectional examination of the mental and social well-being of older female Scottish country dancers and physically active non-dancers. Illinois Journal for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance .

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Abstract

It has been established that conventional forms of physical activity such as walking, jogging and swimming can help maintain the mental and social well-being of older individuals. However, there have been few attempts to determine whether dance participation offers the same benefits. This study compared measures of mental and social well-being between Scottish country dancers and physically active non-dancers. Scores were recorded for the Warwick-Edinburg Mental Well-Being Scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale, EQ-5D, Lubben Social Network Scale and General Perceived Self-Efficacy Scale. There was no significant difference between the two groups for any of the measures. However, the outcomes compare favorably with the available population norms. As such, Scottish country dance might be a viable alternative to the more conventional exercise forms for active older females.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Illinois Journal for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Publisher: Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Medical and Sports Sciences > Sports and Physical Activity > Sport
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 09:20
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2017 19:28
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2090

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