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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This study investigated the effects of an art therapy program on the self-concept of behavior disordered middle school students. It was found that an art therapy program did make a significant contribution to the subjects' positive self-concept. Five students were chosen on the basis of being placed in a self-contained behavior disorders classroom and having a current Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.) In effect. The students were involved in an art therapy program covering 9 weeks made up of 16 sessions using simple materials and techniques that can be used in the classroom. It was hypothesized that the students would demonstrate a higher level of self-esteem after the intervention by a comparison using the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scales for Children as the measuring instrument. The results of this study Indicate that there is a correlation between art therapy interventions and an increase in a positive self-concept. Recommendations for further research with a larger population were given.


Michael Kallam

Date of Award

Summer 1992

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1992 Linda A. Harvey


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