Mood Changes Following Social Dance Sessions in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Carine Lewis, Lucy Annett, Sally Davenport, Amelia Hall, Peter Lovatt

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Dance interventions have physical benefits for the elderly, especially those with Parkinson’s disease. This study assessed the psychological benefits of dance. Thirty-seven participants with Parkinson’s (n=22) or age-matched controls (n=15) completed mood questionnaires before and after a ten-week dance intervention. An overall reduction in mood and a specific reduction in anger were observed. In addition, less fatigue was found for those initially scoring higher in depression. This suggests dance can provide psychological benefits for both people with Parkinson’s and the elderly with findings suggesting that this is an avenue to be explored further.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-492
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
Early online date21 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • dance
  • mood
  • profile of mood states (POMS)


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