Thesis Title

Narrative Art Therapy with Adult Sibling Dyads

Graduation Date

Fall 2009

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


Arnell Etherington, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC

First Reader

Laury Rappaport, PhD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Ellen Speigel-Wackwitz, MFT, ATR-BC


This proposed project will study the efficacy of an art therapy group for adult sibling dyads. Due to the length and permanence of this relationship, siblings have the potential to provide much needed support to one another. Previous research on siblings has found a positive correlation between variables such as closeness and contact, and an individual's well-being. The following study will explore the usefulness of art therapy interventions designed to increase communication between sibling dyads. Levels of closeness between siblings will be measured both pre and post the five week support group.