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Traumatic Experiences and Dyslexia

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Edited By Evelin Witruk and Dian Sari Utami

The main topics of the book are traumatic experiences, stress processing and dyslexia with some new perspectives on this old phenomenon. The authors of the book articles are from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Spain, Syria, Portugal, and Germany. The interdisciplinary character of this book is represented in contributions of scientists from different areas of psychology, special education, and linguistics.

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Cultural Adaptation of Biodanza to Manage Stress within Sri Lankan Youth and Adolescence

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Abstract: Biodanza is a route of body movements; combined with music applied to enhance the positive feelings of the participants. It is successfully utilised for developing the health and well-being of target groups across the globe. Biodanza is directly addressing and reinforces intraindividual and interindividual resources by reducing high-stress levels of the affected people. As adolescents continuously experience a myriad of social, emotional, commercial and cultural issues, especially those from the developing world in their struggle to achieve life targets. However, the failures of achieving them may lead to various concerns and frustrations. However, due to resource constraints, counselling and therapeutic services may not be available to youth adolescents living in the developing world including Sri Lanka. Thus, Biodanza can be described as a novel approach which positively addresses youth and adolescent issues. However, the concept of Biodanza is an unknown word in many developing countries including Sri Lanka. Further, when using Biodanza for stress alleviation among Sri Lankan adolescence; the original content of Biodanza may not ideally fit into the collective culture and local attitudes. Therefore, the present study explored using a cultural adapted form of Biodanza to reduce stress within Sri Lankan adolescence. The participants were 30 adolescents between 15 to 20 years, selected through convenient sampling. The theme used was a familiar folktale of a village chieftain visiting heaven on a flying elephant. The participant’s pre and post-stress levels were measured using a survey questionnaire. Paired sample t-test conveyed that there is a significant reduction...

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