Pediatric Leukemia Patients: Their Family Relations and Significant Artistic Symbols
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
This research project explored the art products of three leukemia children between the ages of five and eleven. It focused on how children with a catastrophic disease nonverbally communicate their views of their family’s dynamic and their concerns surrounding their disease through the use of symbols, color and page placement. Art techniques utilized were the Kinetic Family Draw (K-F-D), Draw A Person (D-A-P), and Spontaneous Draw. The hypotheses of themes of overt anger, isolation of self figure in the K-F-D, and representational disease symbol were not supported in the work of the three leukemia children. Interpretation and implications forfuther research are discussed.
Dobbins, Pamela, "Pediatric Leukemia Patients: Their Family Relations and Significant Artistic Symbols" (1990). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 21.