The voice of poverty through art therapy with a male child from Singapore

Chen, Amanda (2014) The voice of poverty through art therapy with a male child from Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The voice of poverty through art therapy with a male child from Singapore

This dissertation is based on the findings from a qualitative single case study on an 11 year old Singaporean boy experiencing poverty. Being poor in Singapore is a major social stigma and many choose to remain silent in regards to their poverty-stricken situation, even though assistance may be needed. Through the intervention of art therapy, a voice is given to a disadvantaged child suffering in silence, helping him deal with his feelings of low self-esteem, loneliness and vulnerability.

The research question encompasses the effects and outcomes of art therapy in giving voice to a child, in terms of improving confidence and developing communication skills in a child of poverty, who uses silence as a defense mechanism. Art therapy is intended to provide the child with a safe space, through a therapeutic alliance, to express and process his feelings, without receiving judgment. Theoretical concepts for the case conceptualization and intervention plans were derived mainly from psychodynamic theories of the attachment, object relations and phantasy. The art therapy intervention consisted of 18 individual art therapy sessions, over a period of six months. The collection and generation of data included observations on the client, his process of art making and reviewing the art created during the sessions. Findings from the case study will demonstrate how art therapy helps a disadvantaged child find his voice through his art.

Subjects: Art Therapy > Art Therapy -- Children
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 09:06
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 09:06

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