This study examined the relationship between the perceived verbal and nonverbal messages given by dance teachers and the body image of their adolescent dancers. Variables such as level of dance (i.e., competitive or purely recreational) and amount of time spent practicing dance were also examined. Seventy-eight female adolescents, who were enrolled in dance classes in studios in Western New York, participated in this study. This is a sample that is younger than has typically been studied. Results indicated that more negative messages perceived by the dancer from their teacher related to a more negative body image in the dancer. Additionally, a significant relationship with the dancers’ body image was not demonstrated when considering competitive level and amount of time practicing dance. Thus, regardless of level of dance or amount of time spent practicing dance, a strong relationship existed between verbal and nonverbal messages perceived by the dancer from the teacher and a dancer’s body image. Given the limited amount of current research that exists for this group of adolescent recreational dancers, the significant findings of the current study may begin to shape the future interactions between dance teachers and their students. Specifically, dance teachers should be aware of the connection between the messages they give and their dancer’s body image. This awareness might prompt them to take more care with the messages they offer or even seek training in this area.
|Commitee:||Greil, Arthur L., Lauback, Chris|
|Department:||Division of Counseling and School Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Dance, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Body image, Dance teachers|
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