How art therapy can inform the understanding of attachment behavior and object relations in a child maltreated in early development

Vandoros, Romny C (2011) How art therapy can inform the understanding of attachment behavior and object relations in a child maltreated in early development. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: How art therapy can inform the understanding of attachment behavior and object relations in a child maltreated in early development
Synopsis:

The focus of this qualitative art therapy study was to gain an understanding of object relations and divergent attachment behaviour observed in a previously maltreated girl. Placed in foster care at an early age with regular access to her natural family added complexity to her case. How maltreatment affects attachment and the development of the immature brain in briefly explained. Fifteen art therapy sessions were conducted over a period of five months, including sessions with both the foster and natural mothers. The girl’s divergent attachment behaviour was clearly observable in these two sessions. Particular observation was made of the choice and use of art materials and the resulting art production throughout therapy. Specific art materials and the manner in which they were used may have reflected her maltreatment, attachment needs and a desire for connection. The content of art making and the girl’s somatic response seemed to reflect on her object relations and sense of self. The conclusion drawn from this study is that attachment behaviour may be understood through art making and the therapeutic relationship, within an intersubjective framework. This study supports and builds on the limited literature of the use of art therapy in the general study of attachment behaviours. It supports attachment theory applied cross-culturally. It also builds on limited literature on the use of art therapy in the treatment of maltreated children under child protection 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: 28 Nov 2012 07:59
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2012 10:24
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/44
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