Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1992

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Advanced Education Programs

Advisor

Michael Kallam

Abstract

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.

Rights

Copyright 1992 Linda A. Harvey

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