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ERIC Number: EJ777029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Understanding Insecure Attachment: A Study Using Children's Bird Nest Imagery
Sheller, Sandy
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v24 n3 p119-127 2007
This article describes a phenomenological study of the artistic creations of bird nests by four school-aged children to illuminate their internal experiences of attachment. The author analyzed qualitative data from in-depth interviews pertaining to two-dimensional and three-dimensional artistic representations of a bird's nest and a family of birds created by the child participants. Through the children's own voices and stories about their artwork, themes of danger, lack of protection, and vulnerability were elucidated. The study proposes that the Bird's Nest Drawing (BND) (Francis, Kaiser, & Deaver, 2003; Kaiser, 1996), and a Bird's Nest Sculpture (BNS) are valuable art therapy tools for understanding attachment schemas of children and their perceptions of their parental attachment-relationships. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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