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The Underlying Aspect of Dance Injury: A qualitative research study to identify dance students' emotional reactions to injury
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013).
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Den Underliggande Aspekten av Dansskador : En kvalitativ forskningsstudie som syfter till att identifiera danselevers känslomässiga reaktioner till skador (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

It is an accepted fact that dancers are likely at some time or other to experience a physical impediment during either their education or professional career. Despite this, there is little focus placed upon the emotional reactions which are connected to this. In this study various emotional reactions connected to dance injury were identified and analysed. Information was gathered by using a qualitative interview method in which four injured dance students participated. The result showed that there were various reactions, both positive and negative, and that connections could be made to both stage models and cognitive appraisal models, two existing theories surrounding the subject. Particular focus was placed upon the individual's experiences regarding their diagnosis, recovery process, social support and sense of self. These categories revealed a number of similar reactions including lack of trust for authority figures and a re-defining of identity. A prominent factor within the research was the need for an increased awareness regarding the importance of social support and dancers' health education connected to injury. In conclusion, it would be accurate to say that dancers' injuries are not simply physical, but also emotional, and therefore both of these aspects need to be acknowledged equally.

Abstract [sv]

Det är ett givet faktum att dansare någon gång under sin utbildning eller sin professionella karriär kommer att erfara någon form av skada. Trots det ägnas det mycket lite fokus åt vilka emotionella reaktioner som kan uppstå av detta. I denna studie har varierande känslomässiga reaktioner kopplade till skador identifierats. Information har samlats in genom kvalitativa intervjuer där fyra danselever med fysiska skador medverkat. Resultatet visar att reaktionerna är varierande, både positiva och negativa, och kan knytas an både till stadiemodeller och kognitiva modeller, två teorier rörande frågan. Särskilt fokus har lagts på individens upplevelser kring diagnos, återhämtningsprocessen, socialt stöd och självkänsla. Inom dessa kategorier visade sig ett antal likartade reaktioner såsom brist på tillit till auktoriteter och omdefiniering av identitet. En tydlig faktor som framkom var behovet av en ökad medvetenhet kring vikten av socialt stöd för dansares och utbildning inom hälsa. Sammanfattningsvis kan det konstateras att dansares skador är inte bara fysiska, utan även emotionella, och därmed måste båda dessa aspekter bejakas lika.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
Emotional, injury, qualitative analysis, education, teachers.
Keyword [sv]
Känslomässigt, skada, kvalitativ analys, utbildning, lärare.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31534OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-31534DiVA: diva2:698232
Subject / course
Dance
Educational program
Teacher education
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Available from: 2014-09-18 Created: 2014-02-20 Last updated: 2014-09-18Bibliographically approved

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