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Title: The effect of movement therapy on the physical and psychological characteristics of diabetes : a pilot study.
Authors: Persing, Jacqueline
Keywords: Dance Therapy
Issue Date: Apr-1980
Abstract: This thesis explores the interaction between the physical and mental health characteristics of diabetes. It is a case study of one diabetic female. Movement and diabetic assessments were done over a six week period. Movement observations and blood tests were used for measurement during this study. Movement therapy offers two advantages to the diabetic. First, his physical well being is improved by the decrease in blood glucose, and secondly it eases psychological difficulties that come from coping with diabetes. The results demonstrate the usefulness of movement therapy to diabetics. Movement therapy can influence blood glucose values and helps indicate decomposition in diabetics. These two observations were demonstrated during the case study. The subject's decomposition was identified prior to the blood tests and the subject's blood glucose was adversely affected by stress and benefited from movement therapy. The instrumentation used in this study was adopted from Carol Caruso's study of stress and schizophrenia (1976) and Marian North's personality assessment (1975). Diabetic instrumentation involved the glycosylated hemoglobin blood test. This study has indicated that movement therapy is applicable to diabetics. Movement therapy has many advantages to offer diabetics. Movement therapy's versatility can help children, adults, and families affected by diabetes and its side effects. Further movement research will expand the usefulness of this therapy to the diabetic.
Description: [vi], [87] leaves.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2652
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