ERIC Number: ED203615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Art Therapy to Promote Ego Development in Disturbed Retarded Children.
Roth, Ellen A.
The paper discusses the six major ego functions, ego disturbances in mentally retarded children, and case examples of the use of art therapy to promote ego development. Identified are the following ego functions: control and regulation of instinctual drives, autonomous functions, reality testing, object relationships, defense, and synthesis. The mentally retarded child is seen to develop maladaptive ego functions including an inability to control drives, delayed or deficient autonomous functioning, poor reality testing, impaired development of object relationships, primitive defense mechanisms, and inability to synthesize major ego functions. Six case studies are discussed to show the way that art therapy can help the retarded child develop appropriate ego functions. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Art Therapy Association (11th, 1980).