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Altered Book-Making for Children and Adolescents Affected by Traumatic Loss

Title: Altered Book-Making for Children and Adolescents Affected by Traumatic Loss.
Name(s): Huntley, Erin, author
Gussak, David, professor directing thesis
Rosal, Marcia L., committee member
Van Lith, Theresa, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Fine Arts, degree granting college
Department of Art Education, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (107 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This research study sought to test the effectiveness of using art therapy, specifically altered book-making, to decrease traumatic grief symptoms in children and adolescents. The study hypothesized that altered book-making with children and adolescents, who had experienced traumatic loss, would be effective in decreasing traumatic grief symptoms. The six-week/six-session treatment design used a single group pre/post-test, utilizing the UCLA PTSD-RI and an open-ended post-research survey. The population involved in the research were children and adolescents who had experienced the death of a family member through traumatic means, such as homicide or suicide, within the past five years. Four participants began the study, and three participant, completed both pre and post-test. The overall outcome of the study supported the researcher's hypothesis— participants reported increased understanding of grief responses, emotion identification, and self-reflection. Through altered book-making, participants also reported a decrease in anger, trauma symptoms and dissociation.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9618 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Art Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2015.
Date of Defense: June 30, 2015.
Keywords: adolescents, altered book, art therapy, children, grief, traumatic loss
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: David Gussak, Professor Directing Thesis; Marcia Rosal, Committee Member; Theresa Van Lith, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Counseling psychology
Mental health
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