Though women's status has vastly improved since the height of patriarchy, even today, their equality is disputed, as in the specific cases of single mothers. This thesis examines the devaluation of the feminine qualities of caring and nurturing and women’s ability to succeed in their own individuation process. Many women tend to make others the focus of their caring and nurturing, to their own detriment. This thesis joins proponents of feminine and feminist psychologies in suggesting alternative therapeutic models for women. Utilizing hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies as well as engagement in an artistic–creative process of dancing and journaling, the author demonstrates a way for a woman to experience validity of her true value as a woman in the face of a conflicting world around her. The thesis suggests that expressive arts, as primary or adjunctive therapy, is one way a woman may forge her path forward.
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|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Dance, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Dance, Empowerment, Feminism, Healing, Mothers, Women|
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