Physical, cognitive, psychological and social effects of dance in children with disabilities: systematic review and meta-analysis

May, Tamara, Chan, Emily S, Lindor, Ebony, McGinley, Jennifer, Skouteris, Helen, Austin, David, McGillivray, Jane and Rinehart, Nicole J 2019, Physical, cognitive, psychological and social effects of dance in children with disabilities: systematic review and meta-analysis, Disability and rehabilitation, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1615139.

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Title Physical, cognitive, psychological and social effects of dance in children with disabilities: systematic review and meta-analysis
Author(s) May, TamaraORCID iD for May, Tamara orcid.org/0000-0001-8705-4180
Chan, Emily S
Lindor, EbonyORCID iD for Lindor, Ebony orcid.org/0000-0001-6935-047X
McGinley, Jennifer
Skouteris, Helen
Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David orcid.org/0000-0002-1296-3555
McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Rinehart, Nicole JORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole J orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Journal name Disability and rehabilitation
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2019-05-21
ISSN 1464-5165
Keyword(s) Dancing
children
developmental disabilities
disability
intellectual disability
systematic review
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Rehabilitation
Summary AIM: To date it is unclear whether the physical, cognitive, psychological and social benefits of dance extend to children with disabilities. METHOD: This systematic review synthesised empirical research on the effect of non-therapy dance programs on children with physical and developmental disabilities. RESULTS: Nineteen studies met inclusion criteria, including 521 participants aged 3-18 years and adapted dance programs with duration ranging from 7-78 hours. Sixteen studies had weak methodology. Most examined physical outcomes with improvements in 17/23 areas and meta-analyses showing significant medium to large effects for balance and jumping skills. Positive effects were also indicated for psychological, cognitive and social domains from the few available studies. CONCLUSION: Existing literature is heterogeneous and of poor quality but indicates dance may have physical, cognitive and psychosocial benefits for children with disabilities. Implications for rehabilitation To date the benefits of dance for children with disabilities have not been systematically synthesised. Dance may have physical, cognitive and psychosocial benefits for children with disabilities. Further research into psychosocial benefits in particular is warranted.
Notes In press
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09638288.2019.1615139
Field of Research 11 Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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