Date of Award
Master of Arts
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), School of Visual Arts
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Dr. Michael Campanelli
Mr. Richard Luyke
The aim of the current study is to present multi-faceted instruments to measure the effectiveness of a competency-based approach to Art Therapy for improving the self-esteem of a pre-adolescent girl. The theoretical framework for this approach applies well established Art Therapy and Family Art Therapy theory and practice to contemporary clinical practices in individual Family Therapy. The Self-Perception Profile for Children (SPPC) (Harter, 1985b), House-Tree-Person Drawing Test (H-T-P) (Buck, 1970), the subject's self-ratings, ratings of the subject's competence by her mother and her teacher, and ratings of the subject's artwork by objective judges are employed in a Pretest-Posttest research design strategy (Huck, Cannier & Bounds, 1974). The findings of the current study present the competency-based Art Therapy approach as a useful form of assessment and therapeutic modality when working with pre-adolescents. Improvement in the subject's self-esteem is demonstrated in the findings with minor gains perceived by one of her caregivers.
Papaluca, M. T. (1996). A competency-based art therapy approach for improving the self-esteem of a pre-adolescent girl. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/967