Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The play's the thing: A qualitative analysis of participation in a theatrical experience for individuals with a history of traumatic stress
by Farivar, Michelle, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2017, 166; 10287628
Abstract (Summary)

The field of psychotraumatology has made significant advancements in elucidating the neurobiological, biobehavioral, and physiological underpinnings of trauma, complex trauma, and implications for treatment. However, these scientific findings have yet to be fully integrated into clinical treatment approaches. A specific facilitation of the highly structured theatrical experience was hypothesized by this researcher to harness several of the components of neurobiological healing from complex traumatic stress. This qualitative investigation explored the experience of individuals with a history of traumatic stress in their participation in a highly structured theatrical experience. A total of six participants with a history of stressful life experiences, including chronic adverse interpersonal experiences beginning in childhood, were interviewed to explore how they experienced elements of healing from traumatic stress in participating in this type of theatrical production. Further, the study explored how individuals with unique stressful life event histories experienced healing differently. Theoretically grounded emergent themes in the data analysis produced six themes: (a) novel integration, (b) corrective emotional experience, (c) physical mastery, (d) interpersonal learning, (e) self-capacities, and (f) locus of control, which laid the foundation for a grounded theory of hierarchical needs and processes of neurobiological healing from traumatic stress. Implications, limitations and recommendations for future research were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Caffaro, John V.
Commitee: Burnes, Theodore
School: Alliant International University
Department: Los Angeles, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Affective co-regulation, Developmental trauma, Mind-body, Theatrical techniques, Trauma
Publication Number: 10287628
ISBN: 9780355048797
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