Making connections through art therapy : a single case study of a male elderly resident in a nursing home

Ong, Ai Weig (2016) Making connections through art therapy : a single case study of a male elderly resident in a nursing home. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Making connections through art therapy : a single case study of a male elderly resident in a nursing home
Synopsis:

Ageism has inherently shaped the elderly’s perception of need as undesirable and shameful (Shore, 1997). Depression, isolation and withdrawal are prevalent behaviours observed in the elderly residing in nursing homes. In Donnenwerth and Petersen’s (1992) study, it highlighted an overall negative impact of institutionalization on the elderly. Assessing and reaching out to address emotional needs of the elderly becomes important yet challenging. In this study, art therapy was initiated in a local nursing home that cares for approximately 155 elderly. The positive benefits of art therapy are examined through a case study of a male elderly resident in the nursing home. Through art therapy sessions, we saw how he engaged in meaningful interactions through the use of arts. The art-making enabled self-awareness, and empowered him in self-expression, relationship-building and emotion regulation. In this paper, the role of art therapy in enabling the elderly to make meaningful connections is explored through concepts like intersubjectivity.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 09:30
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 09:30
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/394

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