Sustaining jobs in open employment : art therapy with adults with mild intellectual disability

Keung, Wing Kit (2012) Sustaining jobs in open employment : art therapy with adults with mild intellectual disability. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Sustaining jobs in open employment : art therapy with adults with mild intellectual disability
Synopsis:

One of the key challenges faced by adults with mild intellectual disability (MID) in Singapore is unemployment. The opportunity for them to work among citizens in society not only potentially increases their quality of life, but also interlinks with the idea of advancing social inclusion. Adults with MID are a diverse group and vary widely in their abilities, affecting the kind of support each individual needs. And, besides appropriate vocational training, other supports in cognitive, social, emotional and /or daily practical adaptive skills are also needed. The purpose of this research is to find out how art therapy assists them to tackle these challenges, particularly those associated with insecure attachment due to early mother-child misattunement or abandonment, inadequate coping mechanisms to deal with crises and traumas, as well as difficulties in emotional self-regulation, and eventually to sustain jobs in open employment. A qualitative case study was conducted based on an adult male who was diagnosed with MID and was places by a job placement officer in open employment for at least three months. Incorporating intersubjectivity in art therapy facilitated the transitional period from protected vocational training environment to the dynamic characteristics of open employment. Ultimately, the participant was able to sustain a job in open employment beyond three months. The observations also suggest that there were positive improvements shown in terms of his overall wellbeing, supporting the hypothesis that art therapy seems to assist adults with MID to prepare for and subsequently to sustain jobs in open employment.

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 06:52
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 06:52
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/25

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