At-Risk Adolescent Girls and Fostering Positive Self Identity: Creative Clothing Design as a Narrative Art Therapy Approach
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
Lisa Bjerknes, MD, MBA
Laury Rappaport, PhD, ATR-BC
Gwen Sanders, MFT, ART-BC
At-risk adolescent girls, in particular are exposed to many factors in their environment that pose multiple challenges to their self-identity and self-esteem. Depression and anxiety become issues as these at-risk adolescents experience helplessness and hopelessness with their situation. Having a positive self-identity promotes positive self-esteem, which can counteract the negative effects, these young women experience. This grant proposal seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of a narrative based art therapy group that utilizes creative clothing design and writing with at-risk adolescent girls to foster positive self-identity by 1) increasing self-esteem, 2) increasing self-awareness, 3) social and group skills, 4) sense of personal initiative in healthy risk-taking, and 5) decreasing anxiety and depression. The sponsoring agency for this grant is New Directions Adolescent Services, Inc. a non-profit agency that works with emotionally disturbed adolescents in the Sonoma County region.
Chang, Fei-Fei, "At-Risk Adolescent Girls and Fostering Positive Self Identity: Creative Clothing Design as a Narrative Art Therapy Approach" (2010). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 175.