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Title: The Experience of Younger Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Involved in Dance/Movement Therapy with Regards to Body Image and Sexuality
Authors: Pilarski, Diana Jean
Keywords: Breast Cancer;Dance/Movement Therapy;Body Image;Sexuality;Women
Issue Date: 27-Oct-2009
Abstract: This mixed method, multiple case study, explored the experience of younger women diagnosed with breast cancer involved in dance/movement therapy (DMT) regarding body image and sexuality. A breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment side effects have a significant impact on an individuals’ view of body image and sexuality, especially among younger women. Prior research in the field of DMT, has studied psychological and physical effects the therapy may provide for the breast cancer population. Currently, there are no published studies examining a woman’s experience of DMT, or how her experience relates to emotional, cognitive and physical functioning. Nor has prior research used objective, subjective and observational measures to study specifically, the experience of body image and/or sexuality in younger women per se. The present study attempts to fill a gap in research, by including both objective and subjective data, as well as cross correlating movement data with other measures. Using a mixed methods design is important because it allows the researcher to gather more information to create an overall, deeper understanding of the phenomena being studied. Two 42-year-old women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer participated in a two-day, DMT workshop. Each workshop day was four hours long and included body image and sexuality-specific interventions. A pre and post workshop self-report and observation using the Serlin Kinaesthetic Imagery Profile (SKIP) Part I and Part II scale were used to gather information concerning body image. Journaling and field notes were used to gather information about both individual’s experience of DMT, body image and sexuality. The two individual cases were analyzed for similarities and contrasts between the SKIP Part I, the SKIP Part II, journal entries and field notes. Cross case comparison showed that both participants shared similar as well as unique experiences related to body image, sexuality, DMT and related constructs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3140
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