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Date of Award


Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Tamara Tasker, PsyD

Second Advisor

Shawn Davis, PhD


This study was an exploratory examination of the relationship between participation in social partner dancing and self-reports of personality and physical health. Using an Internet-based survey of dancers and non-dancers, it was found that social partner dancing tends to increase physical health for men and for dancers who primarily dance in the role as a leader. It was also found that as the number of styles and amount of time that individuals spent participating in social partner dancing increased, the self-reported measures of self-esteem, cognitive flexibility, resourcefulness also increased while the measures of social withdrawal decreased. The findings of the present study also indicate a higher frequency of positive experiences as opposed to negative experiences directly attributed to participation in social partner dancing. These results of the present study suggest a need for more in depth research on the mental health benefits of social partner dancing for the general population.

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