Creating the Bridges: A Mixed Method Pilot Study on Dance and Movement Therapy to Reduce Loneliness for Family Members of Children with Disabilities

Liva Kupca*, Kasper Spring Ehlers, Elizabeth Jochum, Simona Orinska

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Dance and movement therapy (DMT) has been studied extensively on health outcomes for various populations. While the positive effects of DMT and dance on health-related psychological and physical outcomes are well-documented, much less is known about the underlying mechanisms. There is a notable scarcity or low quality of evidence-based research in the field of DMT, with many studies lacking sufficient statistical power because of the methodological constraints of the primary trials. There is a need to complement quantitative research with qualitative methods (mixed-method designs) within clinical mechanism studies. Our research developed a novel, mixed-method approach for evaluating the potential of DMT to reduce feelings of loneliness and help facilitate social integration. We tested this approach and developed new instruments for evaluation, in a pilot study designed for family members of children with disabilities. We present the methods and results of the pilot study here.
A key outcome is the development and testing of sensitive measurement tools for evaluating the impact of DMT in order to test the validity and reliability of the measures. Robust method for conducting evidence-based studies that impact public health policy.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health
ISSN2535-7913
StatusAfsendt - 2022

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