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Title: Moving Creation: A Dance/Movement and Drama Therapy-Based Program For Preadolescent Identity Repair
Authors: Nussdorfer, Emily
Keywords: Dance/Movement Therapy;Drama Therapy;Identity;Preadolescence
Issue Date: 15-Oct-2010
Abstract: This literature-based study has been designed to create a service program grounded in developmental, socio-cultural and creative arts therapy theory for adolescent identity repair and development for emotionally disturbed, socio-economically deprived preadolescents. The service program is based upon a synthetic theory matrix that emerged out of the process of literature analysis and consolidation. The domains that emerged within the literature analysis concentrated on the socio-cultural and developmental influences upon identity formation at preadolescence and adolescence and the effectiveness of creative transformational artistic processes to assist preadolescent identity repair. The study has identified socio-cultural paradigms and processes that lead to systemic imbalance. This systemic imbalance has in turn been identified as a causal factor in the development of adolescent behavioral pathology. Principles have been identified within community psychology, feminist psychology, cultural anthropology, object relations theory, as well as within clinical dance/movement and drama therapy processes and techniques that effectively address the complex developmental needs for the targeted population. The synthetic matrix combines and distills these principles and techniques into an integrated whole for the purposes of program construction. This study presents a dance/movement and drama therapy-based, after-school service program for identity repair that is specially designed for socially marginalized, disturbed preadolescents. This service program has been designed to run in tandem with the school year and is described in detail using a 5-part framework.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3377
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