Seeking More Exposure: A Literature Review Examining How Drama Therapy Can Be Used to Treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults With Diverse Learning Differences
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MA - Master of Arts
Jason D. Butler, PhD, RDT-BCT
It has been suggested that adults with learning differences (LD) may be more susceptible to occurrences of violence, abuse, and neglect. However, there is presently limited research examining posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults with LD. Within this paper, existing literature of PTSD in adults with LD is reviewed. This review includes how symptoms of PTSD in adults with LD manifest, and what treatment approaches are currently being used with the population. According to the literature, it was determined that exposure therapy is frequently used to treat PTSD in adults with LD. This result is compared with exposure elements present in drama therapy, and subsequently a discussion on how drama therapy may benefit the treatment of PTSD in adults with LD is offered. A discussion of using drama therapy with this population is then presented, focusing on the specific benefits including accessibility, safety, autonomy, and empowerment. Finally, with consideration of the unique needs of adults with LD, treatment recommendations and suggestions for future research are provided.
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Schwartz, Emily, "Seeking More Exposure: A Literature Review Examining How Drama Therapy Can Be Used to Treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults With Diverse Learning Differences" (2018). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 34.
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