Reality or fantasy: brief analysis of the use of animal imagery in art therapy with children who have been traumatized

Ming, Ni (2013) Reality or fantasy: brief analysis of the use of animal imagery in art therapy with children who have been traumatized. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Reality or fantasy: brief analysis of the use of animal imagery in art therapy with children who have been traumatized
Synopsis:

This research focuses on a qualitative art therapy study that examines art making as a useful intervention for three children who experienced physical abuse. A brief description of the background to the study and the limitations of this research will be given. The objective of this paper is to explore animal imagery and metaphor in the artworks of children who have experienced abuse. Looking at the relationship between animal imagery and children, I hope to explicate how this shapes a part of children’s fantasy world and relates to their past experiences. Furthermore, to discuss how the animal imagery can symbolize the current state of the self and motivate the engagement in art therapy progress. The approach of this research utilizes a non-directive approach, which seems to be an appropriate method applies on children in this manner and could garner more essential information without limiting media choices or drawing themes in sessions. Artworks from these three particular children spontaneously depicted animal imagery based on reality perspective and monster imagery from their fantasy and internal world in the sessions. Evidences were collected through observation of behavior, discourse and art production in each session. Data were also being analyzed afterwards through process notes. It is hoped that the results of this study will be proven useful by considering the symbolization of animal imagery which could influence the resolution for trauma recovery in young children and also adding to the limited literature on the use of animal imagery in art therapy, particularly in the treatment of traumatized children in Singapore.

Subjects: Art Therapy > Art therapy for youth
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2014 04:31
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 04:31
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/246

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