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Author (up) Thomson, P.; Jaque, S.V. url  openurl
  Title Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Psychopathology in Dancers Type Journal Article
  Year 2015 Publication Medical Problems of Performing Artists Abbreviated Journal Med Probl Perform Art  
  Volume 30 Issue 3 Pages 157-162  
  Keywords Adult; Cross-Sectional Studies; Dancing/*psychology; Depression/epidemiology/psychology; Female; Humans; Male; Mental Health/*statistics & numerical data; Middle Aged; Multivariate Analysis; Occupational Diseases/epidemiology/*psychology; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic/epidemiology/*psychology; Stress, Psychological/epidemiology/psychology; Young Adult  
  Abstract This study investigated the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in pre-professional and professional dancers (n=209) who were exposed to traumatic events. Nine self-report instruments assessed (1) adverse childhood experiences, (2) past traumatic events, (3) coping strategies under stressful situations, and (4) fantasy proneness. The psychopathology variables included (5) anxiety, (6) depression, (7) dissociation, (8) shame, and (9)) PTSD diagnostic scale. Statistical calculations included descriptive, distributional, and multivariate analysis of covariates (MANCOVA). Results indicate that dancers had a significantly higher distribution of PTSD (20.2%) compared to the normal population (7.8%). They also had a higher frequency of family members with mental illness, an inability to speak about their trauma, and more suicidal thoughts. The PTSD group of dancers had higher levels of psychopathology (anxiety, depression, dissociation, and shame) and they had more childhood adversity and adult trauma. Compared to the no-PTSD group, the PTSD group had higher scores on fantasy proneness and emotion-oriented coping strategies. These coping strategies may increase psychological instability. Addressing early abuse and trauma is recommended. Clinicians may help dancers alter their internal working models that their self is worthless, others are abusive, and the world is threatening and dangerous. By understanding PTSD in dancers, medical and mental health treatment protocols may be established to address the debilitating, and often hidden, symptoms of PTSD.  
  Address Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330, USA. Tel 818-677-7575, fax 818-677-3207. paula.thomson@csun.edu  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 0885-1158 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:26395617 Approved no  
  Call Number UU @ jana.mullerova @ Serial 42173  
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