Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dance/Movement Therapy to Support Self-Esteem in Mexican American Adolescents
by Sowell, Susan S., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 57; 28095564
Abstract (Summary)

Using hermeneutic and heuristic inquiry, this thesis asked the question: Can the benefits of dance therapy be transferred and utilized as a catalyst to encourage healthy goals and aspirations in Mexican American youth? Areas of literature explored included self-esteem, dance therapy, somatic therapy, Mexican American culture and trauma, and neuroscience. In the findings, depth psychology was used as the guiding principle to discuss the author’s experience of transformation through dance/movement therapy and its application to other populations. Clinical applications of dance/movement therapy were based on neuroscientific investigations of the mind-body connection, the organic benefits of dance, and the role of dance in transformation, and this form of therapy was suggested as an add-on tool for therapists. The use of dance/movement therapy as a form of mind-body connection therapy was supported for physical and emotional healing, and additional research was suggested.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gonella, Elisabeth, Steffora, Thomas
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia, Bennett, Matthew, Elliot, Jemma, Wolf, Michele
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Dance, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Dance therapy, Mexican-American, Self-esteem, Trauma
Publication Number: 28095564
ISBN: 9798678181367
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