Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Dr. Valerie Blanc
Mental health can significantly impede navigating the social domain during adolescence. Research has indicated social development of adolescents may be impacted by psychopathology and emotional development, further hindering one’s formation of self. There is also limited research showing the effectiveness of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) with the adolescent population. This writer designed and adapted one DMT session for adolescents to understand this topic better. This capstone will present an adaptable method utilizing a DMT intervention with participants between the ages of 13-17 in a Partial Hospital Program (PHP). This project aimed to examine how DMT can support self-identity and the acquisition of interpersonal social skills with adolescents in a PHP through movement experiences and emotional content. The participants were asked to engage in an intervention, including movement exercises, body awareness, improvisation, and emotional expression. The method aimed to bring attention to DMT’s contribution to social engagement and its value and benefits. The facilitator’s reflections on the group’s process identified several themes that suggested the intervention had a positive effect and may benefit adolescents in a PHP setting.
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Pensalfini, Kayleah, "The Development of a Dance/Movement Therapy Method for Social Engagement with Adolescents in a Partial Hospital Program" (2023). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 694.
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