Advisor

Robert Gould

Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Conflict Resolution

Department

Conflict Resolution

Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 216 p.)

Subjects

Sexual abuse victims -- Rehabilitation, Women -- Abuse of -- Psychological aspects, Dance therapy, Authentic movement (Dance therapy), Psychic trauma -- Alternative treatment

DOI

10.15760/etd.386

Abstract

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.

Description

Portland State University. Dept. of Conflict Resolution

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/4757

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