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"I feel free": Experiences of a dance intervention for adolescent girls with internalizing problems
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. University Healthcare Research Center, Region Örebro County, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5585-1783
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. University Healthcare Research Center, Region Örebro County, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2411-1795
Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 11, article id 31946Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Adolescent girls today suffer from internalizing problems such as somatic symptoms and mental health problems at higher rates compared to those of previous decades, and effective interventions are warranted. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of participating in an 8-month dance intervention. This qualitative study was embedded in a randomized controlled trial of a dance intervention for adolescent girls with internalizing problems. A total of 112 girls aged 13-18 were included in the study. The dance intervention group comprised 59 girls, 24 of whom were strategically chosen to be interviewed. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis with an inductive approach. The experiences of the dance intervention resulted in five generic categories: (1) An Oasis from Stress, which represents the fundamental basis of the intervention; (2) Supportive Togetherness, the setting; (3) Enjoyment and Empowerment, the immediate effect; (4) Finding Acceptance and Trust in Own Ability, the outcome; and (5) Dance as Emotional Expression, the use of the intervention. One main category emerged, Finding Embodied Self-Trust That Opens New Doors, which emphasizes the increased trust in the self and the ability to approach life with a sense of freedom and openness. The central understanding of the adolescent girls' experiences was that the dance intervention enriched and gave access to personal resources. With the non-judgmental atmosphere and supportive togetherness as a safe platform, the enjoyment and empowerment in dancing gave rise to acceptance, trust in ability, and emotional expression. Taken together, this increased self-trust and they discovered a new ability to "claim space." Findings from this study may provide practical information on designing future interventions for adolescent girls with internalizing problems.

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Järfälla: Co-Action Publishing , 2016. Vol. 11, article id 31946
Keywords [en]
Adolescent health, dancing, non-judgmental, qualitative research, self-trust, stress, togetherness
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-51563DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v11.31946ISI: 000381028400001PubMedID: 27416014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84982746148OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-51563DiVA, id: diva2:950919
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Region Örebro County, Sweden

Available from: 2016-08-03 Created: 2016-08-02 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved

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