Comprehensive Listing of Dance Therapy Research

Bibliography of Dance/Movement

Therapy with Children

Medical Illness and Physical Disabilities in Children

Compiled by Lenore Hervey and Andrew Rush

(See also: Infancy & Childhood; Abuse, Sexual Abuse & Trauma in Children; Adolescence; Autism & Developmental Disabilities; Dance Therapy in Educational Settings; Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorders; Psychiatric, Behavioral and Emotional Disorders in Children)

Theses & Dissertations

Baecker, S. (1988). Applicability and importance of dance therapy interventions in the field of education for blind children and those lacking vision. Unpublished master’s thesis, Langen Institut, Monheim, Germany.

Bennett, N. (1989). The effect of dance/movement therapy on the body image of visually impaired children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Bond, K.E. (1992). Dance for children with dual sensory impairments. Unpublished master’s thesis, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.

Brown, T.B. (1988). Dance/movement therapy and physical therapy in the treatment of physically handicapped children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Bursztyn, G.
(1986). Therapeutic directions for the body image of cerebral palsied children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Lesley College Graduate School, Cambridge, MA.

Comyn, Ana Ruiz-Benetez de Lugo. (1993). The relationship between impulse control and sign language mastery in deaf children: A pilot study. Unpublished master’s thesis, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London.

Fear, L. (1994). DMT with hospitalized children in a child life program. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hunter College, New York.

Gronlund, E.C. (1986). Dance play for physically disabled children. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Stockholm, Sweden.

Hrushovski, T. (1993). The individuation process of MBD children through dance/movement therapy. Unpublished master’s thesis, Lesley College Graduate School, Cambridge, MA.

Jay, D. (1987). Effects of a dance program on the creativity and movement behavior of preschool handicapped children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Levin, C. (1995). Dance movement therapy with sensory defensive children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Columbia College, Chicago. 

Lotan-Mesika, S. (2000). A dance/movement therapy support group for young siblings of children with cancer: A theoretical model. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Messmer, N. (1989). Symbolism in dance therapy: A method to integrate the process of beginning again-explained by describing the case of an eleven-year-old crippled girl. Unpublished master’s thesis, Langen Institut, Monheim, Germany.

Miller, C.J. (1986). A comparative study of motor development in deaf children from both hearing and deaf parents. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Schillesci, A.M.  (1990).  The effects of dance/movement therapy on social interaction among a group of prelingually deafened children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Smith, S.H. (1987). The effects of dance/movement therapy on motor characteristics in physically handicapped children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Goucher College, Towson, MD.

Sokolic, A.B.  (2000). The flow effort factor in children with cerebral palsy : A preliminary assessment: implications for dance/movement therapy. Unpublished master’s thesis, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Stapleton, R.B. (1986). The development of reality and ego in blind children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Antioch/New England Graduate School, Keene, NH.

Strickler, S.A. (1995). The neutral zone: A theoretical paradigm dance/movement therapy for hearing parents and deaf children. Unpublished master’s thesis, Hunter College, New York.

Journal Articles & Papers

Burns, F. (2002). Creating a dance/movement therapy program for adolescents who have physical and sensory disabilities. 37th Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Cluck, A. (1988). Movement therapy for the physically challenged child. In, Bridges of progress. 17th National Conference on Physical Activity for the Exceptional Individual, 38-41.

Cohen, S.O. & Walco, G.A. (1999).  Dance/movement therapy for children and adolescents with cancer. Cancer Practice, 7(1), 34-42.

Eaton, S.B., Snooks-Hill, M. & Fuchs, L.S. (1997). Personal space preference among adolescents with and without visual disabilities. Re:view, 29(1), 7-15.

Goodill, S. & Morningstar, D. (1993). The role of dance/movement therapy with medically ill children. International Journal of Medicine, 2, 24-27.

Kalish-Weiss, B.I. (1988). Born blind and visually handicapped infants: Movement psychotherapy and assessment. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 15(2), 101-108.

Matsubara, Y. (1998). Dance activities for profoundly disabled children and youths. In, Yabe, K. (ed.), Trends and issues in Winter Paralympic Sport. Proceedings of Winter Paralympic Experts Congress - 4th Paralympic Congress - March 7-8, Nagano Paralympic Organizing Committee (NAPOC), 115-117.

Mendelsohn, J. (1999). Dance/movement therapy with hospitalized children. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 21(2), 65-80.

Mendelsohn, J. (2002). Dance/movement therapy with medically ill hospitalized children. 37th Annual Conference Proceedings of the American Dance Therapy Association.

Mindell, N. (1998). Children with cancer: Encountering trauma and transformation in the emergence of consciousness. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 25(1), 3-20.

Sherman, A. (1997). A case study of intergenerational relations through dance with profoundly deaf individuals. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 28(1-2), 113-23.


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