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Open Access Impact of Mirrors on Body Image of Beginning Modern and Ballet Students

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This mixed methods study compared the impact of studio mirrors on body image in beginning level female collegiate modern dance and ballet students utilizing the Cash 69-item Body Self-Relations Questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. For the overall Body-Areas Satisfaction there was a statistically significant mirror condition x time interaction (p = 0.029); regardless of dance genre, students' body satisfaction in mirrored classes decreased. Specifically at the mid torso, a statistically significant class type x time interaction (p = 0.012) occurred; ballet dancers decreased in satisfaction. Interviews reflected that: 1. students in the mirrored classes spent more time discussing specific body parts with objectifying language; and 2. students in the non-mirrored classes spent more time describing their participation in dance in terms of kinesthetic sensations. These findings suggest that satisfaction with one's body in beginner ballet and modern classes may be compromised by the use of mirrors.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Sally A. Radell, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA;, Email: [email protected] 2: Mara P. Mandradjieff, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 3: Daniel D. Adame, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 4: Steven P. Cole, PhD, Research Design Associates, Yorktown Heights, New York, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2020

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