Strengthening child & foster mother attachment bond using art therapy

Ng, Jancy L.H. (2012) Strengthening child & foster mother attachment bond using art therapy. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Strengthening child & foster mother attachment bond using art therapy

Art therapy is an effective and powerful modality to facilitate the building and repairing of attachment between a child and her foster parent. This dissertation will explore how the artmaking process provides excellent opportunities for an 8-year-old child to work through her struggles in living with her foster family. The traumatic experiences and attachment disruptions have severely compromised her cognitive, affective, neurological, social developments, as well as her relationships with her caregivers. Referred to art therapy for presenting behavioral problems with an impending placement breakdown, the individual art therapy sessions replicated a “secure base” (Bowlby, 1988) from which she could express herself. Involving the foster mother in dyadic art therapy was a further breakthrough in untangling the knots of an impaired attachment relationship. The art therapist is challenged to explore the use of creative arts and play in both the individual and dyadic sessions to achieve the goals of facilitating the repair, strengthening and healing of their impaired attachment. A qualitative case study approach will be used to demonstrate how an integrative and an inter-subjective framework incorporating art therapy help create new and positive attachment experiences through the shared attention and engagement in the artmaking process.

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 07:38
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 07:38

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