Adolescence and self-harming : a psychodynamic perspective on the phenomenon within an art therapy context

Wong, Kei Yan Paul (2016) Adolescence and self-harming : a psychodynamic perspective on the phenomenon within an art therapy context. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Adolescence and self-harming : a psychodynamic perspective on the phenomenon within an art therapy context
Synopsis:

This paper functions as a tool in understanding the phenomenon of self-harming from the psychodynamic perspective and the role of art therapy in managing the issue with an adolescent through the therapeutic encounter. Adolescence years can be a challenging period to some individuals. A multitude of factors such as relational and cognitive processes contribute to the development of a secure self-concept and positive mentalization. Without proper positive formation of such core concepts, individuals may develop maladaptive coping mechanisms such as self-harming when facing distressing situations. Self-harming is seen as an act of aggression towards the body, an externalization of the internalized thought process. Utilizing a thematic analysis method of data analysis, three phases were identified upon post-session reflections and in-depth look at each phase is discussed. Themes such as inclusion of self in the artworks, relational importance, therapeutic trust and negativity symbolisms were gathered from the analysis.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 09:03
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 09:03
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/390

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