Art therapy and the journey of an elderly spousal caregiver

Wong, Ai Chin Anna (2011) Art therapy and the journey of an elderly spousal caregiver. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Art therapy and the journey of an elderly spousal caregiver

Elderly spousal caregivers are rising in numbers in ageing Singapore. They are greatly affected in their psychological well-being in relation to caregiver stress. This is a single case study of an elderly male caregiver who took care of his wife who suffered from dementia. The art making process assisted in the understanding of the struggles of the participant. In the course of producing tangible artwork, the participant came to understand his personal experience of stress. Synonymous with most elderly, the participant was skeptical of his ability to make art. Through both free associations and directed sessions, art therapy helped to manage his stressful regime. It also brought about confidence and self-esteem in his ability to produce some creative works. The findings revealed that it was possible for the elderly male caregiver in Singapore to express his thoughts and emotions through art therapy. In addition, it has also indicated the usefulness of introducing art in therapeutic work to facilitate the emotional well-being of the elderly spousal caregiver.

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 08:27
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 08:27
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