Mood changes following social dance sessions in people with Parkinson's disease

J Health Psychol. 2016 Apr;21(4):483-92. doi: 10.1177/1359105314529681. Epub 2014 Apr 21.


Dance interventions have physical benefits for the elderly, especially those with Parkinson's disease. This study assessed the psychological benefits of dance. A total of 37 participants, with either Parkinson's disease (n= 22) or age-matched controls (n= 15) completed mood questionnaires before and after a 10-week dance intervention. An overall reduction in total mood disturbance and a specific reduction in anger were observed. In addition, less fatigue was found for those initially scoring higher in depression. This suggests that dance can provide psychological benefits for both people with Parkinson's disease and the elderly, with findings suggesting that this is an avenue to be explored further.

Keywords: Brunel University Mood Scale; Parkinson’s disease; Profile of Mood States; dance; exercise; mood.

MeSH terms

  • Affect
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Dance Therapy / methods*
  • Dancing / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders / psychology*
  • Mood Disorders / therapy
  • Parkinson Disease / psychology*
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires