Psychosocial Predictors of Well-Being in Collegiate Dancers

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Sarah DraugelisWayne State University

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Alex GarnLouisiana State University

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Although many researchers have examined ill-being (e.g., injury and illness) in dancers, few researchers have examined well-being. In the current study, dancer’s perceptions of the dance motivational climate, dance performance anxiety, dance self-concept, and their relationships to dance well-being were examined. A total of 182 university dance students from five universities completed surveys and a series of multiregression analyses were undertaken to predict well-being. Both dance self-concept and perceptions of a task climate were moderately related to well-being and contributed significantly to elements of well-being: vigor, enthusiasm, confidence, and dedication. An ego climate was unrelated to any of the four dimensions of well-being. Substantial variance was predicted in the various elements of engagement, ranging from 15% to 55%. In particular, two significant interactions indicated that a task climate may have protective effects against anxiety in terms of reducing the detrimental influence that anxiety may have on two forms of well-being: confidence and dedication.

Draugelis and Martin are with the Division of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Garn is with the School of Kinesiology, Lousiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

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