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Title: Dance/movement therapy: a profile of the field
Authors: Stepek, Heather Lee
Keywords: Dance Therapy;Movement;Mental Disorders;Psychotherapy, Group
Issue Date: Jun-1995
Abstract: The objective of this study was to derive an Occupational Personality Profile of dance/movement therapists who have obtained the A.D.T.R. (Academy of Dance Therapists Registered) level of registry. Using the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (Saville & Holdsworth Ltd., 1984-1987) and a brief supplemental demographic survey, A.D.T.R.s attending the 1994 National Conference of the A.D.T.A. (American Dance Therapy Association) were surveyed on October 23, 1994. Due to a low number of responses, additional subjects were recruited from the Pennsylvania and nearby Chapters of the A.D.T.A., for a total of 34 respondents. Results showed that the dance/movement therapists surveyed scored high on the independent, caring, artistic, behavioral, conceptual, and worrying scales. They indicated low scores on the persuasive, controlling, data rational, forward planning, detail conscious, conscientious, relaxed, tough-minded, emotional control, competitive, achieving, and social desirability scales. These findings indicate that although well matched for the service aspect of the profession, the occupational personality of dance/movement therapists as a group shows limitations of the field and its potential for growth in the marketplace. These data will be useful when seeking ways to motivate individuals within the field to respond to government alerts and to increase their publications. It also provides graduate schools with more discerning criteria to look for in prospective students in order to select new members who will be strong contributors to the field of dance/movement therapy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1108
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