A Comprehensive Listing of Dance Therapy Research

Bibliography of Dance/Movement Therapy with Children

Infancy & Childhood

Compiled by Lenore Hervey and Andrew Rush

(See also: Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Trauma in Children; Autism and Developmental Disabilities; Education; Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorders; Medical Illness and Physical Disabilities in Children; Psychiatric, Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Children)

Theses & Dissertations

Brauninger, I. (1993). Consideration of children’s held upper body posture as a reaction to stressful events. Unpublished master’s thesis, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London.

Brown, A. (1986). Dance/movement therapy with children and adolescents: An annotated bibliography about clinical populations. Unpublished master’s thesis, Columbia College, Chicago.

Bruhl, U. (1989). Applying dance therapy to facilitate self-awareness in the individual therapy of a ten-year-old boy. Unpublished master’s thesis, Langen Institut, Monheim, Germany.

Burns, F. (1993). A dance/movement therapy model for working with children. Unpublished master’s thesis, California State University, Hayward.

Burt, J.W. (1995). Body, face, and voice: Nonverbal expression of emotion in infancy. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Cornwall, R.P. (1992). Facilitating positive social experiences with internalizing and externalizing special needs children through group dance/movement therapy: a pilot study. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of California, Los Angeles.

Cowen, H. (1993). Object relations and Jungian theories of symbol formation and their relevance to dance movement therapy with children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London.  

Errington, A. (1993). A Study of caring and sharing in girls from a Roumanian children’s home. Unpublished master’s thesis, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London.

Force, D. (1988). Movement therapy as an early intervention/prevention program with preschool children: A preliminary study. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Gellman, L. (1995). The influence of dance/movement intervention on the development of normal preschoolers. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Gonnella, N.L. (1996). Dance/movement therapy with a children's group: A comparison analysis of group process. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Guthrie, J. & Roydhouse, J. (1988).  Come and join the dance: A creative approach to movement for children with special needs. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hyland House, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia.

Hayes, J.S. (1992). A dance/movement therapy study of a young girl with relationship difficulties. Unpublished master’s thesis, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London.

Judkins, A.C. (1986). Themes in movement and art therapy with children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Lesley College Graduate School, Cambridge, MA.

Linnehan-Chase, C. (1987). Dance/movement therapy as a means of enhancing self-concept in the exceptional child: Theory and application. Unpublished master’s thesis, California State University, Hayward.

Lotan, N. (1986). Movement analysis of non-verbal interaction among children in relation to developmental stages of play. Unpublished master’s thesis, Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.

Mainey, L.C. (1989). Small worlds: The experiential significance of small space themes in dance/movement therapy with children and adolescents. Unpublished master’s thesis, New York University.

Meekums, B. (1990). Dance movement therapy and the development of mother-daughter interaction. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Manchester, England.

Olsen, J. (1992). Dance/movement therapy in day-care centers: An implementation based on Erikson’s developmental stages. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hunter College, New York.

Onderdonk, N.N. (1999). Dance/movement therapy: Meeting the primary needs of children and adolescents in long term care. Unpublished master’s thesis, Columbia College, Chicago.

Parra, L.
(1996). Role of culture in understanding behavior and transferential reactions of Hispanic children in dance/movement therapy context. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of California, Los Angeles.

Prasertsukdee, S. (2002). Essential kinematic parameters of attainment of sit- to-stand in children: Relative location and momentum of center of mass. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Salvucci, M. T.
(1994). A comparative pilot study of the nonverbal interaction between mothers and their infants in single parent families and two parent families. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Sarsheen, M. (1986). Dance movement therapy and its relevance to the sexual development of the child. Unpublished master’s thesis, Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.

Sawyer, A.D. (1992). “The Serendipity Circle: Inside Out” session one of eight. A dance/movement therapy video pilot series for latency age children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.

Scanlan, K.A. (1999). A movement program for mothers and pre-school aged daughters:  A project based upon an independent investigation. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Thomas, C.E. (1988). Emerging in motion: A model of developmental theory and movement therapy for special needs children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Lesley College Graduate School, Cambridge, MA.

Thomas, C.E. (1990). Case study. Unpublished master’s thesis, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London.

Venett, S.M. (1998). A comparison of pre-kindergarten children's response to dance movement therapy activities in same-sex and mixed-sex groupings. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Viano, G.O. (1988). A correlational study between movement development research and the cognitive development theory of Jean Piaget. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Wischhues, A. (1987). A theoretical transformation of the first five phases of Erikson’s approach in developmental psychology in order to integrate dance therapy in the work with children and adolescents. Unpublished master’s thesis, Langen Institut, Monheim, Germany.

Journal Articles & Papers

Bond, K. E.
(1999). Perspectives on dance therapy: The lived experience of children. Dance Therapy Association of Australia: Dance Therapy Collections, 2, 1-7.

Caspary, A. (1993). Aspects of the therapeutic action in child analytic treatment. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 10(2), 207-220.

Coltre, A. (2002). Dance-drama and its use with emotionally arrested children and adolescents. 37th Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Coulter, H. & Loughlin, E. (1999). Synergy of verbal and non-verbal therapies in the treatment of mother-infant relationships.  British Journal of Psychotherapy, 16(1), 58-73.

Crouch, S. & Anderson, H. (2002). Through the eyes of children: Dance-movement therapy in early childhood intervention. Dance Therapy Association of Australia Quarterly 2002, 1(4), 4-9.

Davis, J. (1995). Laban Movement Analysis: A key to individualizing children’s dance. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 66(2), 31-33.

Dye, K. (2002). Sensory integration movement activities for the challenged child. 37th Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Fraser, D.L. (1989). A nonverbal intervention for the severely language disordered young child: An intensive approach. Paper presented at the Biennial National Training Institute of the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs (6th, Washington, DC, December 1-3, 1989).

Harvey, S. (1994). Dynamic play therapy: An integrated expressive arts approach to the family treatment of infants and toddlers. Zero To Three: Bulletin of National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, 15(1), August/September.

Harvey, S. & Kelly, E.C. (1993). Evaluation of the quality of parent-child relationships: A longitudinal study. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 20(5), 387-395.

Herman, G.N. & Krschenbaum, R. (1990). Movement arts and nonverbal communication. Gifted Child Today, 13, 20-22.

Krason, K. & Szafraniec, G.
(1999). Directive and non-directive movement in child therapy. Early Child Development & Care, 158, 31-42.

Loman, S. (1998). Employing a developmental model of movement patterns in dance/movement therapy with young children and their families. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 20(2), 101-115.

LeMessurier, C. (2002). Integrating a movement perspective with early childhood mental health services. 37th Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Loman, S. (1994). Attuning to the fetus and the young child: Approaches from dance/movement therapy. Zero To Three: Bulletin of National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, 15(1), August/September.

Lord, J., Taggart, P., & Molnar, G. (1991). Assessment instruments for evaluation of motor skills in children. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 5(2), 389-402.

Loughlin, E. (1999). The shared dance: Dance therapy with mothers and infants in the hospital outpatient infant clinic. Dance Therapy Association of Australia: Dance Therapy Collections, 2, 37-42.

Matz, S.H. & Slayton, C. (2002). Don’t feel alone on Mondays!: Collaborative dance/movement therapy approaches for children, families, and educators. 37th Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Murphy, J. (1998). Nonverbal interventions with infants and their families. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 20(1), 37-54.

Pearson, M. & Nolan, P. (1995). Emotional release for children: Repairing the past--preparing the future. Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne. Victoria, Australia.

Rosenberg, A. (2002). Cooperative games and their therapeutic value. 37th Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Rossberg-Gempton, I. E. von, Dickinson, J. & Poole, G. (1999). Creative dance: Potentiality for enhancing social functioning in frail seniors and young children. Arts in Psychotherapy, 26(5), 313-327.

Shennum, W.A. (1987). Expressive activity therapy in residential treatment. Child and Youth Care Quarterly, 16(2), 81-90.

Stern, F.M. & Gorga, D. (1988). Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT): Therapeutic intervention and its efficacy. Infants & Young Children, 1(1), 22-32.

Stern, R.S. (1989). Many ways to grow: creative art therapies. Pediatric Annals, 18(10), 645, 649-52.

Tortora, S. (1994). Join my dance: The unique movement style of each infant and toddler can invite communication, expression and intervention. Zero To Three: Bulletin of National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, 15(1), August/September.

Tortora, S. (2001). Forum on early childhood settings: Fourth gathering – dance/movement therapy research. Proceedings after the 36th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Walker, S.C. (1998). Stories of two children: Making sense of children’s therapeutic work. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 25(4), 263-275.

Books and chapters from books

Behar-Horenstein, L.S. & Ganet-Sigel, J. (1999). The little girl who thought she was an animal. In The art and practice of dance/movement therapy. (pp. 135-139). Needham Heights, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing.

Blau, B. & Reicher, D. (1995). Early intervention with children at risk for attachment disorders. In F. Levy (Ed.), Dance and other expressive arts therapies. (pp. 181-190). New York: Routledge.

Chodorow, J.
(1991). Child development. In Dance therapy & depth psychology: The moving imagination. (pp. 96-101). New York: Routledge.

Fraser, D. (1991). Playdancing. Pennington, NJ: Princeton Books.

Humphrey, J. (1987). Child development and learning through dance. New York: AMS Press.

Kestenberg Amighi, J. & Loman, S. (1990). Interpreting a KMP of Carlos, a three-and-a-half year old boy: An Illustrative case. In J. Kestenberg Amighi, S. Loman, M. Sossin, & P. Lewis. (Eds.) The meaning of movement. (pp. 291-307). Amsterdam: Gordon & Breach Publishers.

Levine, E.G.
(1999). On the play ground: Child psychotherapy and expressive arts therapies. In S.K. Levine, & E.G. Levine. (Eds.) Foundations of expressive arts therapy: Theoretical and clinical perspectives. (pp. 257-273). Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Levy, F.J. & Fried, J.P. (1995). Dance and other expressive art therapies: When words are not enough. New York: Routledge.

Meekums, B. (1992). The love bugs: Dance movement therapy in a Family Service Unit. In H. Payne (Ed.) Dance movement therapy: Theory and practice. (pp.18-39). London: Routledge.

Morris, M. (1991). Dance movement therapy with special needs children. New York: Real People Press.

Payne, H. (1992). Shut in, shut out: Dance movement therapy with children and adolescents. In H. Payne (Ed.) Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice. (pp. 39-80). London: Routledge.

Schaefer, C.E. (1988). Innovative interventions in child and adolescent therapy. New York: J. Wiley.

Sossin, M. (1999). The KMP and infant-parent psychotherapy. In J. Kestenberg Amighi, S. Loman, M. Sossin, & P. Lewis (Eds.) The meaning of movement. (pp. 191-209). New Jersey: Gordon & Breach Publishers.

Stern, D.N. (1990). Diary of a baby. New York: Basic Books.

Stokes, B. (2002). Amazing babies: Essential movement for your baby in the first year. Toronto, ON: Move Alive Media.

Torbert, M. & Schneider, L. (1993). Follow me too: A handbook for movement activities for 3-5 year olds. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Tortora, S. (in press). The dancing dialog: Nonverbal observational skills for assessment and treatment of young children and their families. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.

Tortora, S. (in press). Dance therapy with the special child. In F. Levy (Ed.) Dance/movement therapy a healing art, Second edition. Reston, VA: National Dance Association.

Vermeer, A. & Bosscher, R.J. (1997). Movement therapy across the life-span. Amsterdam: VU University Press.

Williamson, G. & Anzalone, M.
(2001). Sensory integration and self-regulation in infants and toddlers: Helping very young children interact with their environment. Washington, DC: Zero To Three.
 
 


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