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Commentary: Creativity and the Dissociative Patient: Collected Papers: Puppets, Narrative and Art in the Treatment of Survivors of Childhood Trauma

Abrahamson, V. (2000) Commentary: Creativity and the Dissociative Patient: Collected Papers: Puppets, Narrative and Art in the Treatment of Survivors of Childhood Trauma. Review of: Creativity and the Dissociative Patient: Collected Papers: Puppets, Narrative and Art in the Treatment of Survivors of Childhood Trauma by Gerity, L.A.. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63 (10). p. 509. ISSN 0308-0226. E-ISSN 1477-6006. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Lani Gerity shows in this book that puppet-making, incorporating both art and narrative, provides an ideal vehicle for therapeutic work. It is particularly valuable in the treatment of dissociative patients, whose symptoms may include disturbances in body image, a dissociated sense of self. a disrupted sense of history and causality, and a feeling of alienation from the self. Lani Gerity explores the application of this in the context of object relations theory. She shows the creative process working on many levels for dissociative individuals and groups. Making puppets, three-dimensional representations of the human body, helped one patient to integrate her sense of her body image and herself. Using puppets and creating narratives about them encourages patients to build communities and to act out their pasts. Descriptions and analyses of Gerity's work with dissociative patients is underpinned by a theoretical framework which encompasses theories from the arts therapies and from psychiatry.

Item Type: Review
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 15:06 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45643 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Abrahamson, V.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1169-9457
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