Thesis Title

The Utilization of Art Therapy Techniqaues with Hospitalized Anorexic Patients

Graduation Date

Spring 1984

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 paper will attempt to provide an overview of collective experience gained during my internship in working with twenty seven anorexics using Art Therapy techniques. Since my internship also included work with a severely Learning Disabled and retarded adolescent, changes in her Body Image perception, externally as well as internally, caused me to consider the same possibility of remediation with Anorexics. Through the course of investigation for this study, the intention has been to present a synthesis of information as to causality, treatment and inherent difficulties in common for all disciplines in working with this very difficult illness. It is felt that the findings as to remediation of Body Image misperception, experience in utilizing Art Therapy techniques with this population and recommendations based on this experience, make a case for strong consideration of Creative Arts Therapies used adjunctively with an Anorexic population.