Thesis Title

The Effects of Digital Storytelling on Healing and Closure with World War II Veterans

Graduation Date

Spring 2003

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


Lizbeth Martin, PhD

First Reader

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Carolee Stabno, PsyD, MFT


This study evaluates the benefits of creating a digital story for the purpose of aiding in the emotional healing of World War II veterans and bringing closure to their experiences. The group consisted of 12 veterans who had been involved in an active combat role during WWII. The experience of the digital storytelling process was evaluated for therapeutic benefits. The therapeutic benefits were assessed through pre and post likert questionnaires, and a mid-production interview. Results supported the digital storytelling process as a healing venue and an aid to bringing closure to traumatic events. This study is a unique one to the field of art therapy and is an initial step in use of computer technology as a form of art and storytelling. The steps enclosed in this thesis may assist others in developing studies in the digital storytelling world.