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

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  • Carine Lewis
  • Lucy Annett
  • Sally Davenport
  • Amelia Hall
  • Peter Lovatt
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-492
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date21 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


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.


This document is the accepted manuscript version of the following article: Carine Lewis, Lucy E Annett, Sally Davenport, Amelia A Hall and Peter Lovatt, ‘Mood changes following social dance sessions in people with Parkinson’s disease’. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Health Psychology, Vol 21(4): 483-492, April 2014, published by SAGE Publishing. All rights reserved. The final, definitive version is available online at doi:

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