M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology
College of Education
Dance; Education, Urban; Adolescent Behavior
Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services
The inclusion of the arts in education has been undervalued and overlooked by many public school districts throughout the country. As a result of cutbacks, dance programs in educational settings have become an afterthought. In this study the relationship between dance/movement classes and disruptive behavior was analyzed in a sample of 45 at risk students in an urban high school setting. The findings supported the hypothesis that a) dance classes can be utilized as an intervention to reduce stress and b) students who participate in dance programs in public school settings will develop self-control, self-regulation and exhibit less disruptive behavior. Implications for further research and arts programming are discussed.
DeMesa-Simpson, Dinesha, "The impact of dance/movement classes on adolescent behavior in an urban high school setting" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 435.