Volume 45, Issue 3 p. 134-140

Self-concept and mood changes associated with aerobic dance

Adrian D. McInman

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Adrian D. McInman

Department of Human Movement, University of Western Australia

Human Movement Department, University of Western Australia, PO Box 320 Nedlands, Perth, WA, 6009, AustraliaSearch for more papers by this author
Bonnie G. Berger Ed.D.

Bonnie G. Berger Ed.D.

Department of Physical Education Brooklyn, College of the City Universrty of New York

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First published: December 1993
Citations: 24


This study examined relationship between short-term changes in self-concept and mood associated with aerobic dance participation. Female aerobic dance participants (n = 75) and female university students (n = 42) completed multidimensional measures of mood (Profie of Mood States; Shacham, 1983) and selfconcept (Self-Description Questionnaire III; Marsh, 1992) before and after their respective activities. Analyses revealed significant positive changes for aerobic dance participants on specific dimensions of mood, whereas controls showed minimal changes. Similar analyses for self-concept revealed significant, but weak changes on 10 of 13 scales by aerobic participants. Controls showed one positive and one negative change. Neither extent of mood change, nor Social Physique Anxiety, mediated changes in selfconcept. Generally, correlations between selfconcept and mood scales wen not high, although emotional stability self-concept, physical appearance self-concept, and global self-concept correlated moderately with specific dimensions of mood.