Maternal subjectivity: how mothers of children with special needs use group art therapy to explore non-normative maternal realities

Keng, Eva San Yen (2014) Maternal subjectivity: how mothers of children with special needs use group art therapy to explore non-normative maternal realities. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Maternal subjectivity: how mothers of children with special needs use group art therapy to explore non-normative maternal realities
Synopsis:

Raising a child with special needs in the present-day sociohistorical context facilitate mothers’ distinct maternal practices and perceptual processes that, over time, shape maternal subjectivity. This qualitative study focuses on how mothers use group art therapy to explore the meaning of motherhood as a result of their distinctive maternal experiences. Mothers of children with special needs have participated in the study. A group case study approach is adopted for this study. Using the model of group art therapy, theme-based directives are to be given to instigate image making and the verbal sharing of artworks. Art therapy provides a creative space that could facilitate a disruptive awareness in the mothers’ subject positions that allows the emergence of a new and transformed subjectivity. By offering group art therapy sessions to mothers of children with special needs in a supportive holding environment, these mothers could explore their own sense of maternal realities and their subjectivities. The caregivers’ support they derive from one another help them to explore their subjectivity and to discard unattainable maternal practices of the dominant cultural discourse. As they experience an evolving shift in subjectivity, these mothers began to articulate a motherhood experience where new meanings to their maternal journey are continuously ascribed.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 07:16
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 07:16
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/326

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