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Title: Dance/movement therapy with an adolescent mother: A case study
Authors: Venable, Emily T
Keywords: Dance Therapy;Maternal Health Services;Mothers -- in adolescence;Social Environment;Pregnancy -- in adolescence;Parent-Child Relations;Personality Assessment;Maternal Behavior
Issue Date: May-1994
Abstract: Adolescent mothers and their infants have been identified as a high risk population. Due to the resulting economical and psychological trauma faced by the adolescent mother, she is emotionally unavailable for her infant. To date, the literature surrounding interventions for this population demonstrate controversy. Intervention programs suggest child development education, social support systems, prenatal health care, nutritional education, and psychotherapy. The importance of a therapeutic approach has been discussed. However, these programs do not fully explore and describe appropriate therapeutic interventions for this population. This case study was designed to explore and describe the process and possible benefits of Dance/Movement Therapy with an adolescent mother in three therapeutic contexts: individual therapy, peer group therapy, and mother/infant group therapy. The sessions ran for twelve weeks with each type of therapy session meeting once a week. Clinical material was collected after each session focusing on the subject's use of touch, visual behaviors, vocalizations, proximity, mirroring, empathy and use of efforts. The adolescent answered questions regarding her feelings and impressions of the three therapeutic sessions which were compared to this clinician's findings. The hypothesis that the individual sessions and the peer group sessions would promote positive interactions between the mother and her infant was not necessarily established. However, it is within the scope of this study to note that the individual sessions appear to be the most beneficial therapeutic intervention and that the three therapeutic contexts provided the subject alternative environments in which to address her varying needs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1107
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