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May 1973

Dance Therapy With Psychotic Children: Definition and Quantitative Evaluation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(5):707-713. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750350079015

A program of dance therapy was developed for use in modifying a variety of irregular and disordered body-movement patterns common to psychotic children. In order to evaluate the effect of the therapy the Volwiler Body Movement Analysis (VBMA) scale was developed. The scale provides a quantitative value for 19 aspects of body movement. The data indicated that psychotic children were significantly different from control children in most categories of body movement.