Thesis Title

Using The AVPT to Establish Viusual Concepts Norms of Taiwanese College Students

Graduation Date

Winter 2000

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy

Dean

Elaine L. Cohen, EdD

First Reader

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Doris Arrington, EdD, ATR-BC

Abstract

This study explored the symbol choices of Taiwanese College students. The Arrington Visual Preference Test (AVPT), a pre-existing test developed to identify recurrent symbolic choices in different populations, was modified to use with a group of Taiwanese students. Forty- eight female and nineteen male Taiwanese College students were studied. The research showed that the symbol choices of the female participants among the most- preferred category were selected mainly from Feminine, Self and Transformation categories. Whereas those symbols in the least preferred category were least likely to fall into the Feminine constructs. The symbol choices of the male participants among the most- preferred category were selected mainly from Feminine and Masculine categories. Whereas those symbols in the least preferred category were least likely to fall into the Masculine constructs. A complete discussion of the themes and symbols that arose in visual constructs chosen by both female and male participants are presented with examples. Examples of application of both female and male participants are also discussed, and the directions for further investigations are indicated. This research served to begin establishing a normative base for using the AVPT with a Taiwanese population.

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