Intervention Protocol

Dance movement therapy for depression

  1. Bonnie Meekums1,*,
  2. Vicky Karkou2,
  3. E Andrea Nelson1

Editorial Group: Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group

Published Online: 13 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009895

How to Cite

Meekums B, Karkou V, Nelson EA. Dance movement therapy for depression (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD009895. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009895.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Leeds, School of Healthcare, Leeds, UK

  2. 2

    Queen Margaret University, Division of Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies, School of Health Sciences, Edinburgh, UK

*Bonnie Meekums, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Baines Wing, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 13 JUN 2012




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  2. Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

  1. To assess the effects of dance movement therapy (DMT) for depression compared with no treatment (waiting list) or to standard care in both child and adult populations
  2. To compare DMT with other psychological interventions (e.g. psychodynamic psychotherapy or IPT, counselling or CBT)
  3. To compare DMT with pharmacological interventions (e.g. anti-depressants, minor tranquillisers or mood stabilisers)
  4. To compare DMT with other physical interventions (e.g. dance or exercise)
  5. To compare different forms of DMT (e.g. Laban-based DMT, Chacian DMT or Authentic Movement) (see below for explanations of these)