Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Imus, Susan

Second Advisor

Downey, Laura

Third Advisor

Young, Jessica


dance/movement therapy, resilience, grounded theory, survival, children, socio-economic, urban, Mumbai, India.


The purpose of this grounded theory pilot study was to develop a theory about how survival thinking can be fostered into resilience for children from a low socio-economic urban community in Mumbai, India. The study also examined how dance/movement therapy could be utilized to foster these qualities of resilience. Based on experiences with the population, this researcher hypothesized that the children experienced early complex trauma. Data was collected through movement observations of the children, interviews with professionals who have actively worked with them, and the researcher’s reflections of her own body felt experiences after each observation and interview. Data was analyzed by creating a salient movement profile of the children as a group, sequential analysis, and literary analysis respectively. Through data analysis and validation strategies, it was evident that while interventions involving the family, community, and children are important; creating internal support using a strengths-based approach to child development may be most integral to fostering resilience. 58 pages.

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