Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Persephone and Delphina: Treating women's depression though myth and archetypal stories
by Macaluso, Nadine A., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 82; 1487500
Abstract (Summary)

In the United States today women are statistically more depressed than men (Somerset, Newport, Ragan, & Stowe, 2006). In this patriarchal context, depression and oppression can become the myths women live by. Through this production thesis I explore the clinical value of such archetypal stories in the treatment of depression and specifically ask: As a modern woman how do painful life experiences relate to the mythic journey into the underworld, as exemplified by the feminine myth of Persephone?

Using heuristic methodology (Moustakas, 1990) I depict my life experiences through writing a modern archetypal story. The story's themes include a descent to the underworld, betrayal, and loss of self. The archetypal themes are then compared to the myth of the Persephone. This research indicates that myths can be used clinically as a psychosocial intervention through which women can find meaning and universality in their struggles with depression and oppression.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hale, Cynthia Anne
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Developmental psychology, Psychology, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1487500
ISBN: 978-1-124-39498-5
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