07/08/2020
teen girls mental health

Teenage Girls Benefit Mentally from Dance Classes

Recent research suggests that young girls can dance their way to better mental health.

We’ve known for years about the physical health benefits of regular dance classes or dance routines. It turns out, that it also helps mental health, which is especially important for young people.

A scientific study completed in Sweden has discovered that various symptoms of stress, fatigue, depression, and headaches were alleviated with dancing on a regular basis.

Anna Duberg, a physical therapist and doctoral candidate at Örebro University, studied the benefit of dance training among a group that included 112 Swedish girls, 13 to 19 years of age.

She discovered regular dance practice helped to prevent and treat mood disorders and depression, and also found to increase their personal self-esteem as well as allow for a greater capacity to deal with everyday problems.

The researchers had previously discovered that participants in this group had gone to visit the school nurse for symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression. This as well as physical complaints of neck, back, and shoulder pain.

There are a number of different dance styles that teenage girls may enjoy, ranging from Hip Hop to classical Ballet techniques.

In the study, 53 girls were assigned to a specific control group, in which the girls did not change their living habits. A further 59 of the teenage girls were randomly grouped so they would dance together two days a week and .

Researchers discovered girls in the dance group demonstrated reduced psychosomatic complaints and reported increased self-esteem as compared with the control group. The positive effect was found to have persisted at a number of follow-up appointments after the dance training and study had completed.

The study found that a significant number, 91% of the teenage girls in the dance group felt that the dance study had been a positive experience for them, personally.

Researchers and health experts hope that in the long run this exposure to a beneficial physical activity may also lead to a more healthy physical as well as mental lifestyle.

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