ERIC Number: ED349717
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-31
A Therapeutic Program To Improve the Body Image of Pre-Puberty Exceptional Education Girls.
Pfeiffer, Linda Jo
This practicum designed and implemented a body image improvement program for seven severely emotionally disturbed latency-aged girls. Students participated once per week for 12 weeks in individual art therapy and in group sessions. The practicum incorporated therapeutic art activities with verbal interactions and utilized human growth films, cooperative learning techniques, and child care personnel from outside agencies. Major issues addressed included cooperation and sharing, health, nutrition and hygiene, puberty and the onset of menstruation, increased body awareness and acceptance, and the acquisition of a more accurate perception of physical self. The individual art therapy sessions allowed for the reinforcement of new concepts and ideas and discussion of questions, concerns, disclosures, and revelations as they arose. Results suggested that participants developed a greater awareness of the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty, an understanding of proper nutrition for young girls, and an improved perception of the physical self. Appendices contain a body image observation checklist and a sample permission letter to parents. (36 references) (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.