New Perspectives of Self Through the Aperture: The Use of Photo-Art Therapy to Enhance Self-Esteem of Adolescents Lining in a Homeless Shelter
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
Arnell Etherington, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC
Laury Rappaport, PhD, ATR-BC
David Sitzer, PhD
This mixed methods study hypothesized that adolescents living in a homeless shelter would experience an increase in self-esteem as a result of participating in a four-session photo art therapy group intervention based on positive psychology, and that there would be an increase in expression, self-awareness, body-image, social interaction, creativity, and knowledge of photography. This study qualitatively researched, “What is the adolescents’ experience of the photo art therapy?” The study was a quasi-experimental research design in which the data was collected from a non-random experimental group. The group consisted of six adolescents between the ages of eleven and fifteen. The independent variable in this study was the four- session, two-week photo-art therapy group; the dependent variable was the participants’ self-esteem. The results of the study indicate that there was an overall positive change in the pre- and post-test of the Rosenberg self-esteem, positive increase of sense of self in the researcher’s designed survey, as well as an increase in expression, self-awareness, social interaction, creativity, and knowledge of photography. The qualitative results indicate that the adolescents found the photo-art therapy group to be enjoyable, as well as helpful for learning new skills, improving self-awareness, self-confidence, expression, self-appreciation, and self-determination.
Tung, Mimi Mei Chi, "New Perspectives of Self Through the Aperture: The Use of Photo-Art Therapy to Enhance Self-Esteem of Adolescents Lining in a Homeless Shelter" (2009). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 154.