Development of social interactions: art therapy with children at risk in a special school setting

Lourier, Nanda (2012) Development of social interactions: art therapy with children at risk in a special school setting. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Development of social interactions: art therapy with children at risk in a special school setting
Synopsis:

Children belonging to dysfunctional families may have experienced childhood traumatic experiences and lack the ability to build stable relationships (Malchiodi, 2008). The part of the brain that enables development of bonding and relating to others is dependent on the care in early years of life (Ainsworth & Bowlby, 1991; Bowlby, 1980; Klorer, 2005). This qualitative case study explores the impact of art therapy intervention within a special school setting on the social interactions of a pre adolescent male Singaporean who experienced family related trauma in the first years of his life. Information on childhood trauma is presented. Classic and contemporary attachment theory is reviewed to provide the basis for an understanding of relational difficulties. Brain development is integrated into the discussion to explicate the connection between meaningful art therapy intervention, attachment, inter-subjectivity and social development. Therapeutic approaches using art and images are shown to have a profound impact on brain interaction and thus enhance social development of children (Riley & Malchiodi, 2004). In-depth analyses of the relational behavior and artistic processes of the client are discussed. Findings of the study substantiate the positive impact of art therapy on the social behavior of the client within the special school setting in Singapore.

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 07:35
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 07:35
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/30

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