Thesis Title

The Use of an Art Journal with Latency Age Children of Divorce: A Multiple Case Study

Graduation Date

Summer 1997

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


More than one million children are involved with divorce every year. Divorce is becoming a common social issue affecting children. This study examines using an art journal as an intervention tool with eight children whose parents are divorced. This study was conducted to gain information about how these children would make use of the journal to understand the divorce in their families, and to develop a way to express feelings about the divorce. The results show that the children used the journal to express feelings and thoughts about the divorce, and used the journal as a means to be more expressive about this sensitive topic. The results are not statistically significant because of the small number of children studied, but do suggest that further research of such an intervention tool would be valuable.