Pathways of resilience: impact of artmaking with children at-risk

Yeo, Yew Min Nichole (2020) Pathways of resilience: impact of artmaking with children at-risk. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Pathways of resilience: impact of artmaking with children at-risk

Children from poverty backgrounds have often been found to have adverse childhood experiences which affect them through adulthood. The result of these experiences includes affected socio-emotional and physical health as well as maladaptive behaviours. Hence, this research seeks to resolve the question of how art therapy can facilitate and promote resilience in children living in low-income urban neighbourhoods in Singapore. Resilience is a term used to describe one’s ability to bounce back from adversity and to survive and thrive in challenging situations. There are a range of therapeutic benefits for the client when he participates in the art therapy. Using a multiple-case vignette qualitative research approach with three selected clinical cases, findings have revealed how art therapy cultivates resilience in children. This inquiry illustrates the value of the therapist as a positive role model and a relational resource that the client can receive support from. Additionally, through the artmaking, clients are able to explore possibilities and perspectives, along with developing a sense of mastery, risk-taking and problem-solving. Fostering resilience is not a fixed prescription, but rather it is a process of embarking on a journey with the client in exploring their identity and strengths in coping with their unique circumstances.

Subjects: Art therapy > Art Therapy -- Children
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Thesis - MA Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2020 13:56
Last Modified: 19 May 2022 04:12
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