Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The impact of West African dance on positive mental health
by Mason, Aaron C., M.S.C.P., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 81; 1527730
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore relationships that might exist between the frequency of participation in West African drum and dance class and correlates of mental health including stress, anxiety, depression, and affect. The present study also sought to explore the relationship between frequency of participation in this activity and attitudes towards seeking psychotherapy. Using a sample size of 83 dancers and drummers, the study compared the number of classes participants had taken in the last 6 months to scores on several measures of mental health as well as the Attitudes Towards Seeking Professional Psychological Help (ATSPPH) scale. While no significant differences were found among the original hypotheses, exploratory analyses with an independent samples t test revealed that African American participants had significantly less positive attitudes toward seeking therapy than Caucasian participants, adding to the body of literature on Black attitudes towards receiving psychological services. Anecdotal comments from participants provided implications for future exploration into the relationship between West African drum and dance and the constructs of belongingness, mindfulness, and ethnic pride.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ratanasiripong, Paul
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Marriage and Family Therapy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Dance, Alternative Medicine, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Alternative, Cross cultural, Dance, Holistic, Mental health, West African
Publication Number: 1527730
ISBN: 9781303925856
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