The Use of Madalas to Reduce Stress in a Homeless Shelter and A Correlation Study of Parent-Child Stress Levels and AVPT Image Choice
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
Doris Arrington, EdD, ATR-BC
This study researched the use of mandalas and the Arrington Visual Preference Test (AVPT) in a homeless shelter. This research explored three hypotheses: mandala making through art therapy will lower stress; there will be a positive correlation between parent and child stress levels; child and parent will choose common images of the most and least preferred symbols from the AVPT test. The Stress-Arousal Checklist was used as a pre-post measure. Five children and three parents participated in two separate sessions (child or parent group) and one combined meeting. The results of this study suggests that mandala making is effective in reducing stress (although there is no statistical significance due to the small sample); parents may have higher levels of stress than the child’s; and there was an average of 2.5 out of 10 for the same AVPT cards chosen by parent and child.
Cooper, Coralia, "The Use of Madalas to Reduce Stress in a Homeless Shelter and A Correlation Study of Parent-Child Stress Levels and AVPT Image Choice" (2011). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 200.