Thesis Title

Increasing Relationship Satisfaction with Premarital Couples Using Art Therapy

Graduation Date

Spring 2015

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


John Lemmon, PhD

First Reader

Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC


The purpose of this study was to investigate how a Bowen Family Systems Art therapy approach can be used with premarital couples in counseling. Literature explores that healthy marriages are beneficial for a couple's physical and mental health. The hypothesis of the study stated that premarital couples who participated in the study would show an increase in satisfaction as measured by pre measures and analysis of the participants’ artwork and post-session questionnaire. The author presented the results of an increase in satisfaction by analyzing the Couples Satisfaction Index [CSI] (Funk. Rogge, 2007) and Happiness and Satisfaction Measure (Koo, Algoe, Wilson & Gilbert, 2008) and by measuring the participant’s artwork and post session questionnaires.