ERIC Number: EJ1124496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Visual Arts in Counselling Adults with Depressive Disorders
Lee, Khai Ling; Mustaffa, M. S.; Tan, S. Y.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v45 n1 p56-71 2017
This study provides a better understanding of using visual arts in counselling adults with depressive disorders. Three in-depth case studies were conducted in the counselling unit of a mental health hospital in Malaysia. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods were applied to explore three adult participants' counselling experiences. They attended six individual counselling sessions, which included four art-making activities, and two after-session interviews, for approximately two months. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the qualitative data. The findings showed that through the therapeutic use of visual arts, the participants were able to explore and express various emotions, face their problems, communicate better with themselves and the counsellor, achieve a deeper self-understanding, and make meaningful progress in counselling, even though some of them experienced a sense of uncertainty at the beginning of some art-making activities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Visual Arts, Counseling Techniques, Adults, Depression (Psychology), Case Studies, Mental Health, Mixed Methods Research, Art Therapy, Interviews, Phenomenology, Counseling Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Observation, Attitude Measures, Satisfaction, Emotional Response
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia