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Title: A dance/movement therapy treatment model for foster children.
Authors: Kaban, Melissa Joy
Keywords: Dance Therapy
Issue Date: Aug-2003
Abstract: Foster children represent a growing population in the United States and are at increased risk for psychological and behavioral disturbances. The purpose of this literature-based study is to examine these unique problems, looking specifically at externalizing behavioral disturbances, determine the possible nonverbal manifestations, and then design a treatment model that may best address these disruptive behaviors. The hypothesis is that dance/movement therapy techniques that are focused on clarifying and managing the behavioral manifestations and identifying the related social-emotional issues are well suited for therapeutic work with foster children. The methods of research include an extensive review of the literature comprising of theories of etiologies of the foster child's psychological and emotional development, research on the prevalence of disturbance, current treatment models for foster children, and dance/movement therapy concepts. The literature review culminates in a dance/movement therapy treatment model to specifically target the disruptive externalizing behaviors and identify the underlying social-emotional issues of the foster child. Although the proposed treatment model is limited due to the nature of this study, implications are given for future research on the efficacy of the treatment and the relevance in supplementing current dance/movement therapy research on abused and neglected children.
Description: vii, 145 leaves : ill.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2651
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