Title

A Search for Home: The Role of Art Therapy in Understanding the Experiences of Bosnian Refugees in Western Australia

Date of Award

1-1-1998

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Faculty

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Campanelli

Abstract

The current research aimed to study the potential value of using art therapy as an intervention with refugees. Through a case study design the immigration experiences of two Bosnian refugees in Perth, Western Australia were explored.

Through a study of individual interview data and the art work of the participants, recurring themes and symbols, as well as verbal and written responses that relate to the refugee experience of home and journey were examined. The theoretical framework for the approach to this research draws from a combination of archetypal, existential and psychodynamic theories.

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