This study was aimed at determining the effect of a dance and movement intervention on the perceived emotional well-being and self-esteem of a group of in-patient adolescents in Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital located in South Africa.
A quantitative study, using a quasi-experimental design, was carried out using the positive and negative affect scale for children (PANAS-C) and the Rosenberg self-esteem scale to measure the two independent variables, namely perceived emotional well-being and self-esteem.
There were four participants in the experimental group and six in the control group.
A between-group comparison was made between the pre-test and post-test scores of the two groups.
Both groups completed the positive and negative affect scale for children (PANAS-C) and the Rosenberg self-esteem scale at which point the experimental group took part in a two week, twelve session, dance and movement intervention program.
After two weeks both groups once again completed these two measures.
Although the results were statistically non-significant, effect size and outcome patterns pointed to an improvement in these two variables due to the intervention program.
The author completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Pretoria in 2010.
She is passionate about psychotherapy and creative therapies such as dance and movement.
She particularly enjoys her work in clinical settings and finds working with adolescents in these settings greatly rewarding.
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