Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Annette Whitehead-Pleaux


Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to better understand the embodied stressors that affect one’s ability to express emotion. Studies of empathy, adolescence, and dance/movement therapy are of the most use in researching the connection between body-based therapies like dance/movement therapy, kinesthetic empathy (the body’s way of reading cues of others’), and the systemic construct of masculinity in adolescent males. While separate studies exist, there is little research or data on whether DMT theoretical frameworks can impact the minds of adolescent males who have been conditioned according to westernized male gender roles and whose empathic development has been limited due to toxic masculinity. In the interest of encouraging further research, the following is a literature review of material relating to building kinesthetic empathy in adolescent males using DMT models and therapeutic approaches.

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