The war within: art therapy work with aggression in adolescence

Khoo, Alvin George Chok Siong (2011) The war within: art therapy work with aggression in adolescence. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The war within: art therapy work with aggression in adolescence

Caning is often employed as a punitive measure for delinquent behavior in the Singapore school system. The question lies therein as to what extent the aggressive adolescent learns his lesion from such disciplinary approach, which might emulate the violent environment they come from. By working with a single case study, this research explored the application and efficacy of the modality of art as a therapeutic intervention in the treatment of adolescent aggression. The data collected included process notes, artworks with the client’s descriptions, and behavioral reports from teachers, which served triangulation purposes. The research found that the student was able to develop a better management of his aggression, and in turn to pursue happiness in his life and build positive relationships in the community. Therefore, the findings might encourage the introduction of art therapy as an alternative approach in the early intervention of aggressive behavior in adolescents in various settings in Singapore.

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 08:56
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012 08:56
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