Art therapy as a modality of healing in stages for women with breast cancer

Lee, Paul Thiam Seng (2009) Art therapy as a modality of healing in stages for women with breast cancer. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Art therapy as a modality of healing in stages for women with breast cancer
Synopsis:

Two art therapy study groups for ten women with breast cancer were conducted at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) Singapore. This study was approved and governed by Institutional Review Board (IRB). The study data collection was based on clinical observation, art, analysis, group sharing, feedback, and survey from participants. From the literature review, art therapy interventions were integrated with guided imagery and visualization. The findings of these studies suggested patterns with evidence of art therapy as a modality of healing for the women with breast cancer. There seemed to be a pattern on stages of healing being observed: (1) Expression; (2) Grieving; (3) Rebirth; and (4) Relief and Resilience. The sequence of stages might
be different from client to client but expression stage was considered the first and essential stage for art therapy treatment. The stage of Rebirth seemed to help them to move forward with resilience in their life and provided relief from their fears, depression and anxiety associated with the cancer disease. From the findings of this study, women with breast cancer find art therapy treatment help them cope with their illness, and reduced their anxiety and depression.

Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2012 05:52
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2012 05:52
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/41

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