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Health SA Gesondheid (Online)

On-line version ISSN 2071-9736
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PATEL, Cynthia J.  and  KASIRAM, Madhubala I.. The development of an instrument to measure women's experience of an aerobic dance class. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.1, pp.1-7. ISSN 2071-9736.

The purpose of the study was to pilot an instrument to measure women's experience in an aerobic dance class with regard to their descriptions of the general atmosphere, the music, the dance moves and routines, and the instructor. In addition, the participants were asked to rate a list of exercise benefits in order of personal importance. A sample of 27 women, ranging in age from 25 to 60 years participated in this pilot study. The women responded with positive endorsements for all aspects of the overall dance experience, but their most affirming descriptions revolved around the instructor. There was an almost unanimous agreement amongst the participants about the importance of the instructor's role in their experience of the class. Their responses to the open-ended questions supported these sentiments. The mental and physical benefits were rated as important for most of the women whilst a much lower percentage rated the social benefit as important. Two items in the semantic differential posed problems but the instrument showed promise in eliciting key aspects of women's experience in an aerobics dance class.

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