Through the art therapy lens : the anger of an abused child

Choo, Sin Loong (2012) Through the art therapy lens : the anger of an abused child. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Through the art therapy lens : the anger of an abused child

Art therapy has been found to be beneficial as an intervention and therapeutic tool for abused children with anger. Its efficacy is manifested in the creative process to assist the client in expressing various emotions including the regulation of anger.
To explore the anger of a 10 year old boy who was a victim of abuse, the researcher used a single qualitative case study approach of art therapy interventions. Both directive and non-directive approaches were used to meet with the client’s need. To minimize subjectivity and inherent bias, data was collated and validated with various sources. In therapy, the researcher practiced confidentiality to ensure child safety.
The boy was referred for art therapy as he had manifested with aggressive behaviors in school and at the children residential home. Ten (10) sessions were conducted at the children residential home from August to November 2011 and he responded well to the art intervention.
From the case study, the emotional hurt from the physical abuse and insecure attachment was validated. The boundaries and free expressions in art therapy helped to provide for a safe and secure environment to contain the boy’s emotional feelings.
Art therapy helped the boy to express and recognize his anger and to release it in a safe and constructive way. The therapy sessions seemed to have supported and improved his self-esteem as he appeared more ready to re-establish the attachment with his parents.

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 04:14
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 04:14

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