Art therapy and substance recovery in Singapore : case study with a female adult

Li, Tan Hsiu (2012) Art therapy and substance recovery in Singapore : case study with a female adult. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Art therapy and substance recovery in Singapore : case study with a female adult
Synopsis:

Art therapy has been utilised as an effective intervention for the people recovering from substance abuse since the 1980s (Ackerman, 1992; Durkin & Perach, 1989; Eisdell, 2005; Gussak, 2004; Liebmann, 1998; Wadeson, 2010; Tamminen, 1998; Riches, 1994). Art therapy may allow them to explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviour through art making, as they gain insights into their addictive behaviour and to reconnect the once-blocked connection between behaviour and emotion, thus facilitating the healing process during rehabilitation (Liebmann, 1998; Mahony & Waller, 1997; Santora, Dowell & Henningfield, 2010; Reading & Weegmann, 2004).
The aim of this study is to investigate the likely effectiveness of art therapy on those abusing substances in Singapore, through qualitative research methods based on a single case study with psychodynamic approaches, to illustrate the client’s progress through a five months rehabilitation period preceding her release from a local institution. This research focused on the potential benefit of offering individual art therapy sessions to substance abusers.
The findings of this research provided evidence of significant improvements in the subject’s self-reported emotional stability, leading to a reduced risk of her relapsing. This finding affirmed the potential of an individual program of art therapy that could possibly contribute to recovery from substance abuse in Singapore, and the program’s applicability to medical settings as part of allied health treatment in hospitals, to rehabilitation centres (Santora et al., 2010).

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 03:53
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 06:10
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/21

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