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Title: Dance/movement therapy impact on quality of life in clients with co-occurring HIV, addiction, and mood disorders.
Authors: Fairfax, Angela M. Tatum
Keywords: Dance Therapy
Issue Date: Aug-2003
Abstract: The purpose of this experimental clinical case study was to investigate dance/movement therapy as an integrated interpersonal form of treatment that would meet the needs of a person with co-occurring diagnoses. To pursue this goal, three subjects diagnosed with co-occurring HIV, addiction, and mood disorders received individual dance/movement therapy twice a week for four weeks during the intervention phase of the study. A search of the literature found that clients with these particular cooccurring disorders generally received either psychiatric care with substance use treatment or medical care. One basis of the treatment outcome provided through dance/movement therapy offered these chents an opportunity to experience integration of cognitive, physical, emotional, and social aspects of being. This treatment modality provided a nonverbal approach to therapy that allowed the client to directly express emotions through the body; hence, stimulating unrestricted verbal expression of painful and frightening emotions. The eight-week study was a multiple baseline single-case experimental design using the ABA format (i.e. baseline-intervention-baseline phases) with repeated measures. Data was collected and analyzed from 1) pre- and post Health-Related Quality of Life assessment tool Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 version 2 Health Survey (MOS SF-36v2), 2) pre- and post interviews, and 3) researcher field notes of individual dance/movement therapy sessions. The results of the study partially supported the hypothesis that dance/movement therapy impacts quality of life in mental and physical health for the targeted population.
Description: ix, 94 leaves : ill. ;
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2709
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