Dance/movement therapy is more effective than previously reported


The meta-analysis of dance/movement therapy research findings by Ritter and Low (1996) (in this issue) addressed a critical need to support the effectiveness of this treatment modality. As managed-care companies invade clinical settings, dance therapists are being asked to provide empirical support for the effectiveness of their treatment. Quantitative research and quantitative integration of research findings are widely accepted as empirical evidence across many disciplines. Correspondingly, a meta-analytic aggregation of dance therapy research enhances the professional acceptance of this form of treatment by providing recognized empirical validation. A meta-analytic study, even in an area with a limited body of research, is extremely labor intensive. Unfortunately, errors of calculation and interpretation of the data were made that should be corrected in order for Ritter and Low’s (1996) work to document accurately the effectiveness of dance/movement therapy.

Research Collaborators​
Sabers, D. L.