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Conference Paper: Effects of dance/movement therapy on the psychological distress in breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy

TitleEffects of dance/movement therapy on the psychological distress in breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy
Authors
KeywordsDance psychology
Issue Date2013
PublisherAmerican Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0146-3721
Citation
The 48th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA 2013) on Dance/Movement Therapy, Brooklyn, NY., 24-27 October 2013. In American Journal of Dance Therapy, 2014, v. 36 n. 1, p. 54-55 How to Cite?
AbstractBreast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy experience symptoms of psychological distress, which may significantly affect their daily functioning, quality of life during treatment, and illness prognosis. There is a need for an integrated therapeutic intervention for the patients. This randomized controlled study examined the effects of DMT on psychological distress in Chinese breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. A 90-min DMT program was offered to the intervention group twice weekly for 3 weeks. The intervention comprised a physical and a psychotherapeutic component based on the humanistic client-centered approach with an emphasis on mutual support, stress management, and self-understanding. A total of 138 breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy (mean age = 48.9 years, SD = 8.3) was recruited from community cancer support centers and randomized into the intervention group (N = 68) or the waitlist control group (N = 70). Participants filled in a self-report questionnaire at baseline and 3-week follow-up. Psychological distress was measured with the Perceived Stress Scale and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Latent growth modeling was used to model the change in perceived stress, anxiety, and depression across the two time points between two groups. Controlling for confounders such as demographic characteristics and health behaviors, the intervention group reported a significant decrease in perceived stress relative to the waitlist control group (group 9 time effect = -1.36, standard error (SE) = 0.60, p.05). No significant differences were observed for anxiety (group 9 time effect = -0.10, SE = 0.39, p[.05) and depression (group 9 time effect = -0.46, SE = 0.43, p[.05). The results suggested that dance/movement psychotherapy may have therapeutic effects in reducing the perceived stress among breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy. This study is supported by the Research Grants Council General Research Fund (HKU745110H) and Hong Kong Cancer Fund.
DescriptionConference Theme: Creating Community Connections
This journal issue contains Abstracts from the 2013 48th Annual American Dance Therapy Association Research and Thesis Poster Session (pp.40-59)
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/191873
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.175

 

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dc.contributor.authorHo, RTHen_US
dc.contributor.authorFong, TCTen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-15T07:31:04Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-15T07:31:04Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 48th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA 2013) on Dance/Movement Therapy, Brooklyn, NY., 24-27 October 2013. In American Journal of Dance Therapy, 2014, v. 36 n. 1, p. 54-55en_US
dc.identifier.issn0146-3721-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/191873-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: Creating Community Connections-
dc.descriptionThis journal issue contains Abstracts from the 2013 48th Annual American Dance Therapy Association Research and Thesis Poster Session (pp.40-59)-
dc.description.abstractBreast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy experience symptoms of psychological distress, which may significantly affect their daily functioning, quality of life during treatment, and illness prognosis. There is a need for an integrated therapeutic intervention for the patients. This randomized controlled study examined the effects of DMT on psychological distress in Chinese breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. A 90-min DMT program was offered to the intervention group twice weekly for 3 weeks. The intervention comprised a physical and a psychotherapeutic component based on the humanistic client-centered approach with an emphasis on mutual support, stress management, and self-understanding. A total of 138 breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy (mean age = 48.9 years, SD = 8.3) was recruited from community cancer support centers and randomized into the intervention group (N = 68) or the waitlist control group (N = 70). Participants filled in a self-report questionnaire at baseline and 3-week follow-up. Psychological distress was measured with the Perceived Stress Scale and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Latent growth modeling was used to model the change in perceived stress, anxiety, and depression across the two time points between two groups. Controlling for confounders such as demographic characteristics and health behaviors, the intervention group reported a significant decrease in perceived stress relative to the waitlist control group (group 9 time effect = -1.36, standard error (SE) = 0.60, p.05). No significant differences were observed for anxiety (group 9 time effect = -0.10, SE = 0.39, p[.05) and depression (group 9 time effect = -0.46, SE = 0.43, p[.05). The results suggested that dance/movement psychotherapy may have therapeutic effects in reducing the perceived stress among breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy. This study is supported by the Research Grants Council General Research Fund (HKU745110H) and Hong Kong Cancer Fund.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). The Journal's web site is located at http://springerlink.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0146-3721en_US
dc.relation.ispartofAmerican Journal of Dance Therapyen_US
dc.subjectDance psychology-
dc.titleEffects of dance/movement therapy on the psychological distress in breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapyen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailHo, RTH: tinho@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailFong, TCT: ttaatt@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10465-014-9169-2-
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dc.identifier.volume36-
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dc.identifier.spage54-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US

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