The role of art therapy in the recovery of an inpatient young adult with schizophrenia / Marilyn Lee

Lee, Marilyn (2012) The role of art therapy in the recovery of an inpatient young adult with schizophrenia / Marilyn Lee. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The role of art therapy in the recovery of an inpatient young adult with schizophrenia / Marilyn Lee
Synopsis:

Having a psychiatric condition like schizophrenia can be isolating. This dissertation was motivated by the researcher’s clinical work with a young adult at her internship with an acute psychiatric adult inpatient hospital unit over 5 weeks. The patient diagnosed with schizophrenia presented with symptoms of mania, increased motor activity and anxiety. An inquiry was made into how planned brief therapy could help her manage her anxiety. Art therapy functioned to allow the patient to articulate the factors that made her sad and anxious. Themes of isolation and deprivation resulting from developmental setbacks caused by her illness, were explored. Through creating artworks, she was able to begin identifying her need for bonds of friendship and love. These themes are integral factors of the developmental stage which Erikson (1997) called Intimacy vs. Isolation, a psychosocial crisis defined by the ability to love and care for another. Art therapy seemed to help her manage her anxiety by uncovering the psychosocial causes of distress to awareness.

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 03:07
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 03:07
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/19

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