Psychosocial predictors of well-being in collegiate dancers

Jeffrey Martin, Wayne State University, USA

Theme: Novel applications (music, dance, military)

Poster Number: 137

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


Although many researchers have examined ill being (e.g., injury and illness) in dancers, few researchers have examined well-being. In the current study we examined dancer’s perceptions of the dance motivational climate, dance performance anxiety, dance self-concept, and their relationships to dance well-being. A total of one hundred and eighty-two university dance students from 5 universities completed surveys and a series of multi-regression analyses were undertaken to predict well-being. Both dance self-concept and perceptions of a task climate were strongly related to well-being and contributed significantly to elements of well-being: vigor, enthusiasm, confidence and dedication. An ego climate was unrelated to any of the 4 dimensions of well-being. We predicted substantial variance in the various elements of engagement ranging from 15% to 55%. In particular, two significant interactions indicated that a task climate may have protective effects against anxiety in terms of reducing the detrimental influence that anxiety may have on two forms of well-being: confidence and dedication

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