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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