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ERIC Number: EJ877036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Within the Box: Cross-Cultural Art Therapy with Survivors of the Rwanda Genocide
Chu, Valerie
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v27 n1 p4-10 2010
This article discusses the creative making of boxes as a cross-cultural art therapy intervention in Kigali, Rwanda, with survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The box as an art form is particularly applicable with young adult survivors, given the nature of their prodigious trauma and the possibility of posttraumatic stress disorder, as well as their cultural mode of emotional expression. Physical and metaphorical characteristics of the box are examined and discussed with corresponding aspects of the Rwandan culture. Three case examples from the art therapy group demonstrate how the metaphor of the box resonated with young adult genocide survivors and functioned as a catalyst for expression, healing, and reconnection with the self. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rwanda