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ERIC Number: EJ877031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Art Therapists' Emotional Reactions to the Demands of Technology
Asawa, Paige
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v26 n2 p58-65 2009
Art therapists increasingly are turning to educational and presentation technology to expand awareness of their field and to inform others in mental health care. This trend supports inquiry into how art therapists interact with and emotionally respond to the demands of technology. This paper presents a qualitative study that used 3 art-based focus groups (N = 13) to explore art therapists' reactions to technology. The phenomenological data analysis identified the dynamics and experiences that activated the participants' emotional responses to technology, which were most frequently cited as fear and anger. Results suggest a conflict between the desire to promote art therapy and engage in technology and the desire to remain loyal to the field's origins in traditional methods of communication and art media. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A