Multidisciplinary predictors of adherence to contemporary dance training: findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
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AbstractLittle is known about the predictors of adherence in a dance context. The aim of this study was to investigate adherence to a dance talent programme using a multidisciplinary set of variables representing psychological correlates of adherence, maturation and physical factors relating to dance talent. Psychological (passion, motivational climate perceptions, eating attitudes), physical competence (vertical jump height, handgrip strength, hamstring flexibility, external hip rotation, aerobic fitness), and maturation-related (age of menarche) variables were gathered from female students enrolled on a dance talent programme. Participation behaviour (adherence/dropout) was collected from the talent programme's records approximately two years later. Logistic regression analysis of 287 participants revealed that greater levels of harmonious passion predicted greater likelihood of adherence to the programme, and greater ego-involving motivational climate perceptions predicted less likelihood of adherence. Neither measures of physical competence nor maturation distinguished adhering from dropout participants. Overall, the results of this study indicate that psychological factors are more important than physical competence and maturation in the participation behaviour of young talented dancers.
CitationAujla, I.J., Nordin-Bates, S.M., Redding, E. (2015). 'Multidisciplinary predictors of adherence to dance: findings from the UK Centres for Advanced Training'. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33(15) pp1564-1573.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences