Art therapy’s role in forming a sense of self in a female adolescent with anorexia nervosa

De Wit, Fijeanty Aeruna Dewi (2014) Art therapy’s role in forming a sense of self in a female adolescent with anorexia nervosa. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Art therapy’s role in forming a sense of self in a female adolescent with anorexia nervosa
Synopsis:

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder for which the causes are multifactorial (Gull, 1873). As a result of the startling rise in number of adolescents being diagnosed in Asia and particular in Singapore, it has created a pressing need for mental health practitioner to focus on this population due to the psychological conflict underlying the diagnosis (The Straits Times, 2013; Gilman, 2009). The tangible physical symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa conveys “what cannot be spoken in words” whereby the individual has learned to use the body as a mode of communication through the process of art making the clients can begin expression themselves in an adaptive manner (Hinz, 2006; Schaverian, 1995; Levens, 1995). Finding one’s own identity is an essential part of being an adolescent whereby, the individual develops and finds their own meaning and purpose while forming an integrated sense of self (Pressley & McCormick, 2007; Jang & Choi, 2012). Theoretical framework of Winnicott’s True and False sense of self is used to examine and explore the underlying concern and conflict of Anorexia Nervosa in an adolescent as well as the clinical implications of the various materials utilized within the art therapy practice (Tawzar, 2003; Winnicott, 1971; Cottle, 2006). A single qualitative case study approach was utilized to explore and examine the occurance of the False and True self, through the use of various materials used within the art therapy practice enabling the client to form a coherent integrated sense of self (McLeod, 2011; Aldridge, 1994; Edwards, 1999; Gilroy, 2006).

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:18
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 08:18
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/327

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