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ERIC Number: EJ791448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
A Phenomenological Investigation of Art Therapy to Assist Transition to a Psychosocial Residential Setting
Van Lith, Theresa
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v25 n1 p24-31 2008
This study sought to investigate the use of art therapy to assist a young person with mental illness making a transition from long-term inpatient care to a psychosocial residential rehabilitation setting. An art-based phenomenological case study method was used to investigate a lived experience of this transition. The participant attended 11 art therapy sessions and used a visual journal daily over a six-week period shortly after the move to the new setting. Data analysis identified themes and visual features that appeared repeatedly in the images and enhanced the description of the participant's experience. Results showed that the transitional process of moving into a community setting involved a journey of learning, self-development and maturation. Art therapy helped the process of life style transition, especially through the use of a visual journal that functioned as a continuous outlet for guiding self expression and self-identity. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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