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Dancing with the Muses: dissociation and flow.
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PMID:  22651681     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigated dissociative psychological processes and flow (dispositional and state) in a group of professional and pre-professional dancers (n=74). In this study, high scores for global (Mdn=4.14) and autotelic (Mdn=4.50) flow suggest that dancing was inherently integrating and rewarding, although 17.6% of the dancers were identified as possibly having clinical levels of dissociation (Dissociative Experiences Scale-Taxon cutoff score≥20). The results of the multivariate analysis of variance indicated that subjects with high levels of dissociation had significantly lower levels of global flow (p<.05). Stepwise linear regression analyses demonstrated that dispositional flow negatively predicted the dissociative constructs of depersonalization and taxon (p<.05) but did not significantly predict the variance in absorption/imagination (p>.05). As hypothesized, dissociation and flow seem to operate as different mental processes.
Paula Thomson; S Victoria Jaque
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of trauma & dissociation : the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD)     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1529-9740     ISO Abbreviation:  J Trauma Dissociation     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-01     Completed Date:  2012-10-19     Revised Date:  2013-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100898209     Medline TA:  J Trauma Dissociation     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  478-89     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California 91330, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dancing / psychology*
Depersonalization / diagnosis,  psychology
Dissociative Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
Reinforcement (Psychology)
Young Adult

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