Held by Chinese mothers: attachment-informed Art Therapy for the adult child with Intellectual disability in a group setting

Su, Huiyu (2019) Held by Chinese mothers: attachment-informed Art Therapy for the adult child with Intellectual disability in a group setting. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Held by Chinese mothers: attachment-informed Art Therapy for the adult child with Intellectual disability in a group setting
Synopsis:

This paper seeks to explore how attachment informed art therapy benefits adult child with intellectual disabilities through fostering a holding environment by their Chinese mothers in a group setting. A practitioner based qualitative group case study is conducted to discuss the findings and observations of the Chinese mother-adult child interactions and attachment patterns that arises in the art therapy sessions. Attachment related concepts such as the holding environment, containing and object relation theory compliments the rationale behind group dyad art therapy and filial therapy forming the crux foundation of attachment informed art therapy. Findings highlight that by providing a containing space for mothers to provide the holding environment for their adult child, it helps to strengthen parent and adult child interaction which aid in developing the adult child’s sense of autonomy and reduced separation anxiety.
Findings also highlight that a support system can be fostered and sustained beyond the dyad art therapy group sessions from the increased group cohesiveness and rapport built. For future research, it is highly recommended that structured group filial art therapy, alongside with separate parental training, would be beneficial for the community of adult children with intellectual disability and their caregivers.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 May 2019 02:44
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 04:54
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/592
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