Art and therapeutic relationships: supporting adolescent with schizophrenia by reintegrating ego strength

Soong, Suk Lin (2014) Art and therapeutic relationships: supporting adolescent with schizophrenia by reintegrating ego strength. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Art and therapeutic relationships: supporting adolescent with schizophrenia by reintegrating ego strength
Synopsis:

This dissertation is a report on a qualitative art therapy, single case study that seeks to explore how therapeutic relationship in art therapy is a supportive modality for adolescents with schizophrenia to reintegrate their ego strength. Modern attachment theory postulates the importance of secure attachment experiences between subject and persons (Iwaniec, 2006; Klee, 2007). These secure attachment experiences encourage one to build up the sense of self, identity, and eventually personality. Therefore through art therapy, the art therapist can act as a secure attachment figure for adolescents to regulate their feelings and thoughts, hence supporting them in building ego strength and exploring identity (Busch & Lieberman, 2007; Wilkinson, 2010). Likewise, art material plays a crucial role in promoting therapeutic experiences and therapeutic alliance, which encourages meaningful self-discovery (Moon, 2010b; Rubin, 1984). The subject of this single case study is an adolescent who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, receiving treatment in an acute ward. Being an adolescent, she is experiencing growth and changes in biological, cognitive and socio-emotional aspects, as well as in her search of identity (Santrock, 2011). And this transitional phase coupled with the uncertainty of mental illness can pose great anxiety that weakens or disintegrates her ego strength. This study will apply evidence in literature, past researches, and observations in case study to demonstrate how therapeutic relationship in art therapy is a supportive modality for adolescents with schizophrenia to reintegrate ego strength.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:43
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 08:43
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/334

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