Revealing the self through art therapy: a qualitative case study of an adolescent in a school setting

Foo, Mei Fang Grace (2014) Revealing the self through art therapy: a qualitative case study of an adolescent in a school setting. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Revealing the self through art therapy: a qualitative case study of an adolescent in a school setting
Synopsis:

This research case study evolved out of the clinical internship for the MA Art Therapy programme. It took place at a public secondary school and clients were adolescents from 12 to 15 years of age. During adolescence one transitions from childhood to adulthood. The adolescent faces questions of self and identity such as ‘Who am I?’, ‘What do I have?’, and ‘What can I be?’ or ‘What can I do? (Erikson, 1997). Broad themes of self, self in relation to peers and family, were expected in therapy. But I noted that my adolescent clients did not set out specifically to explore self and identity. Thus, this qualitative case study of a female adolescent looks at whether and in what ways art therapy could facilitate revealing of the self, leading to further self-exploration and insight. The client had a safe, contained space for discovery and expression without fear of being judged. Data was gathered from client communication, observation, artworks and art making process. Psychodynamic concepts were used, such as object relations, intersubjectivity and the therapeutic relationship. Findings demonstrate how art therapy could facilitate revealing the self of an adolescent, as a base for further exploration.

Subjects: Art Therapy > Art therapy for youth
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:20
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 08:20
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/328

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