ERIC Number: EJ688458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 25
Choosing Art Therapy as a Career
Oppegard, Kari S.; Elkins, David E.; Abbenante, Josie; Bangley, Beth B.
Art Therapy Journal of the American Art Therapy Assoc, v22 n2 p92-100 2005
Literature has indicated that there are many factors involved in career selection, including personality, family background, gender, cultural background, and values. This study was designed to investigate commonalties of individuals who pursued art therapy as a career. A questionnaire randomly distributed to 500 credentialed professional members of the American Art Therapy Association resulted in a 62% response rate. A majority of the respondents were Caucasian females around the age of 53 and most had become interested in the field of art therapy through a friend, by taking an academic class, or by talking with art therapists. It was also noted that art therapists tended to be listeners who had strong interpersonal skills and a desire to help others. The statistically significant results should be useful to career counselors and art therapy educators.
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Counselors, Career Counseling, Art Therapy, Career Choice, Interpersonal Competence, Females
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