Term of Award

Spring 1988

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Richard L. Rogers

Committee Member 1

Gary McClure

Committee Member 2

Paul R. Kleinginna, Jr.


The present study examined the effect of aerobic dancing on mood in normal college females compared with the non-aerobic activity of archery. Also, active subjects were compared with inactive ones. Forty female subjects participated and were classified into one of four conditions: inactive/archery; inactive/aerobic dancing; active/archery; or, active/aerobic dancing. All subjects completed an activity inventory, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI ), and the Depression Adjective Checklist (DACL) in the initial meeting of their class, and at the end of a 10-week treatment period. Pretest and Posttest scores for both measures were subjected to a 2 x 2 analysis of covariance. The results indicated that no significant differences existed between groups for the pretreatment condition. For the posttreatment analysis, a significant effect was found for class and activity on the BDI. Subjects in the aerobic dancing class showed lower depression scores than the archery class. Also, active subjects showed lower depression scores than inactive subjects. For the DACL, no significant main effects for class or activity were present. These findings suggest that although a relationship between aerobic dancing and mood may exist, some measures may not detect it.


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