Utilizing group art therapy to develop Korean immigrant mothers' sense of self and the relationship with the children
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
Caryl Hodges, EdD
Jennifer Harrison, PsyD, ATR-BC, DAAETS
Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC
This study hypothesized that group art therapy will increase Korean mothers’ sense of self and positively affect the relationship between the mother and child. The design sessions included an art intervention and group discussion about the art work. Ten immigrant Korean mothers completed two group sessions. The qualitative and quantitative data were analyzed from pre and post-test self-reported questionnaires as well as the group discussions. The results of this study supported the hypothesis that group art therapy improved participants’ sense of self and positive influences between the mother and child relationship. Additionally, the research found that Korean culture might be strongly affect participants’ sense of self and communication skills. The outcomes may be potential resources for understanding East Asian and Korean culture, which share Confucianism, the family dynamic, parenting, and developing individual’s sense of self, as well as, individual’s mental health.
Won, Jung, "Utilizing group art therapy to develop Korean immigrant mothers' sense of self and the relationship with the children" (2016). Art Therapy | Electronic Master's Theses 2015 - 2021. 26.