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ERIC Number: EJ1021925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Promoting Well-Being and Gerotranscendence in an Art Therapy Program for Older Adults
Stephenson, Raquel Chapin
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v30 n4 p151-158 2013
This article describes a community art therapy program that was designed to promote health and well-being in old age. Observations of diverse participant interactions in the nondirective therapy studio over the course of 6 years revealed the benefits of art making and how it may influence well-being during the process of advancing age. Program goals that evolved over time were to (a) foster artistic identity, (b) activate a sense of purpose and motivation, (c) use art as a bridge to connect with others, and (d) support movement toward the attainment of gerotranscendence. The theory of gerotranscendence serves as a particularly appropriate theoretical framework to understand aging and art therapy with older adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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