Thesis Title

Looking for Recurrent Archetaypal Images Through the Use of the Arrigton Visual Preference Test With Children Who are Severely Emotionally Disturbed

Graduation Date

Spring 1998

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


This research study investigates recurrent Jungian archetypal symbols/images of severely emotionally disturbed children, ages 5-12, through the use of the Arrington Visual Preference Test (AVPT). The AVPTisa56 card art based assessment that looks at personal preferences using Jungian archetypal categories. The purpose of this research is to look for recurrent images of these children in order to better understand their collective unconscious. This understanding may then give insight into communicating more effectively with this population.