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NCJ Number: 227894 Find in a Library
Title: Art Therapy with Serious Juvenile Offenders: A Phenomenological Analysis
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:53  Issue:4  Dated:August 2009  Pages:433-453
Author(s): Roy W. Persons
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 21
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This phenomenological study examined the psychological needs of delinquent boys that art therapy addressed and the boys' perceptions of how art therapy affected them.
Abstract: Results of the study indicate that the boys' perceptions of art therapy were relief of stress, reduction in boredom, increase in self-confidence, improvement in ability to concentrate, and increased frustration tolerance. In addition, the results indicate that art therapy addressed identity issues, the need for security, the need for freedom and fun, the need for ideal parental relationships, the need for affiliation and affection, erotic and sexual needs, depression issues, childhood trauma, and spiritual needs. In this phenomenological research study, which investigates participants' experiences, perceptions, and beliefs, how art therapy addressed 46 seriously delinquent, incarcerated boys' psychological needs via analysis of the boys' self-selected art productions was examined. The 46 participants had received individual and group therapy for 32 months. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Art therapy
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile treatment methods; Psychiatric services; Psychotherapy; Treatment; Treatment effectiveness
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