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ERIC Number: EJ1072260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1037-2911
How Is a Fruit Tree Like You? Using Artistic Metaphors to Explore and Develop Emotional Competence in Children
Geldard, Kathryn; Foo, Rebecca Yin; Shakespeare-Finch, Jane
Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, v19 n1 p1-13 Jul 2009
Counselling children often requires the use of supplementary strategies in order to interest and engage the child in the therapeutic process. One such strategy is the Metaphorical Fruit Tree (MFT); an art metaphor suited to exploring and developing self-concept. Quantitative and qualitative data was used to explore the relationships between children's ability to use metaphor, age, gender, and level of emotional competence (N = 58). Quantitative and qualitative analyses revealed a significant negative relationship between self-reported emotional competence and ability to use the MFT. It is proposed that children rely on different processes to understand self and as children's ability to cognitively report on their emotional capabilities via the Emotional Competence Questionnaire (ECQ) increases, their ability to report creatively on those capabilities via the MFT is undermined. It is suggested that the MFT may be used, via creative processes and as an alternative to cognitive processes, to increase understanding and awareness of intrapersonal and interpersonal concepts of self in the child during counselling.
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Language: English
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