Portland State University. Department of Conflict Resolution
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Conflict Resolution
1 online resource (iv, 216 p.)
Sexual abuse victims -- Rehabilitation, Women -- Abuse of -- Psychological aspects, Dance therapy, Authentic movement (Dance therapy), Psychic trauma -- Alternative treatment
Abstract This qualitative research explores creative movement processes such as dance/movement therapy (DMT), authentic movement (AM), and creative dance (CD) as possible tools for transforming sexual trauma for women. Eleven movement professionals were interviewed in a semi-structured research format. My direct experience and knowledge of sexual abuse, sexual trauma, and creative movement processes are interwoven with the research question: do creative dance/movement therapy processes contribute to the dynamic of healing for women transforming sexual trauma? These findings are inconclusive for the greater population of survivors of sexual abuse and sexual trauma. However, there are indications that DMT, AM, and CD may be potential tools for recovery. This research contributes to a dialogue about sexual abuse and recovery from sexual trauma.
Dayton, Emily Fern, "The Creative Use of Dance/Movement Therapy Processes to Transform Intrapersonal Conflicts Associated with Sexual Trauma in Women" (2010). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 386.