Thesis Title

Using Art Therapy Groups to Promote Insight in Adult Inpatients

Graduation Date

Fall 1990

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


This study gave evidence of art therapy's ability to evoke insights in patients. Nine volunteer subjects in an inpatient psychiatric hospital were followed for a three-and-a-half week period. Bi-weekly art therapy groups were offered to these subjects. During these sessions, subjects' artworks were processed as a group. Two to three pieces of artwork from each subject were collected and discussed in this study. Four behaviors were used as indicators of insight: motivation on task, self-esteem, coping skills, and expression of feelings. Because this is an observational study, specific conclusions cannot be made.