The Use of Photo Art Therapy to Increase Self-Esteem in Hispanic Adolescents
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
Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC
The purpose of this grant proposal is to fund a program at The Boys and Girls Club to provide phototherapy with Latino adolescents in order to improve their self-esteem. There is a strong association between adolescents' emotional well-being and positive environments (including family and school environments) that provide them with a sense of belonging, acceptance, and support for autonomy (Brides, Margie, and Zaff, 2001). Talk therapy, along with photographs, can be a powerful, complementary tool for the advancement of adolescent self-esteem.
Art Therapy, in the form of Phototherapy, can assist to increase self-esteem (Nunez, C., 2009).
This research grant proposes a five week group in phototherapy to enhance self-esteem in Latino adolescents. The Art Therapy researcher will conduct art therapy as well as technical photography lessons. The research grant will allow the MFT Intern to evaluate self-esteem through quantitative and qualitative methods. Implementing both a quantitative self-esteem scale and qualitative questionnaires, Ms. Siegel will evaluate how Phototherapy can work to increase self-esteem.
Siegel, Janet, "The Use of Photo Art Therapy to Increase Self-Esteem in Hispanic Adolescents" (2011). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 204.