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ERIC Number: EJ777023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Naming the Enemy: An Art Therapy Intervention for Children with Bipolar and Comorbid Disorders
Henley, David
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v24 n3 p104-110 2007
Treatment and diagnosis for the pediatric form of bipolar disorder presents a clinical challenge given the differences from its adult counterpart and the various comorbid forms that complicate presentation and developmental course. This article discusses manifestations of early onset bipolar disorder and offers a method for implementing art therapy interventions based on a study of 184 sessions with 16 children over the course of 2-1/2 years. Four case vignettes are presented, representative of 16 cases of children ages 9 to 15 who received 32 trials of the art therapy intervention. Clinical assessment, intervention, and artistic/behavioral outcomes are analyzed accordingly, mainly within the psychodynamic and object relations approaches to art therapy. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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