Children with trauma and themes of revenge: the role of art therapy

Ong, Xuelin Grace (2014) Children with trauma and themes of revenge: the role of art therapy. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Children with trauma and themes of revenge: the role of art therapy

Art therapy offers opportunities to children who have experienced stressful life situations to discover inner strengths and resources. For children who have experienced relational trauma, feelings of anger and hurt may manifest into ideas of revenge as they seek justice and equality for these experiences. Short-term group art therapy offers these children a safe space to express these feelings and ideas in forms of art. The use of metaphors in the art and accompanying narratives are non- threatening methods of communication to alleviate those hostile feelings. Therefore, this research attempts to understand how short-term group art therapy can facilitate the emotional expression of these hostile feelings, allowing the children to develop a higher awareness of their emotional needs and discover a safe place to contain these feelings. Secondly, by understanding the themes of revenge, assistance can be provided to help these children work towards reconciliation in longer-term therapy work. The paper presents a qualitative case study that looks at a series of 9 art therapy sessions for a group of 4 children who are residing in a children’s home. Due to severe emotional neglect from their families, the Ministry of Social and Family Development has placed them in the care of the home. Their experience of consistent and long-term inadequate care giving is tantamount to relational trauma.

Subjects: Art therapy > Art Therapy -- Children
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 08:22
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 08:22
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