Surviving the chaos of cancer through repetitive art making in the open art studio: a qualitative multiple case vignette study

Hickmann, Samantha J (2018) Surviving the chaos of cancer through repetitive art making in the open art studio: a qualitative multiple case vignette study. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Surviving the chaos of cancer through repetitive art making in the open art studio: a qualitative multiple case vignette study
Synopsis:

With advancements in modern medicine, there are an increasing number of people living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis, recognised as being in survivorship. The experience of having cancer can be traumatic and result in unresolved psychological ramifications, often leading to a damaged sense of self. Art therapy, with the creative process and support of the therapeutic relationship, has been evidenced to support cancer survivors in navigating their lives through the cancer experience. Repetitious art making has been highlighted to be a soothing and centering technique to calm stress and anxiety, sublimate feelings and aid in processing traumatic events. This thesis explores a deeper aspect of the creative process with repetitive art making in cancer survivorship. This study was researched in the open art studio, which provided an inclusive environment that fostered social connections, decreased feelings of isolation and loneliness, and increased self-esteem and validation. Participant’s engagement with repetition in art making and in the therapeutic alliance were examined in gaining insight into post-traumatic growth and re-integration of the self.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 04:45
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 05:46
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/456

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