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Art therapy with bereaved youth

Journal/Book: Journal of Palliative Care. 1990; 6: 16-25.

Abstract: Reviews research on art therapy and child bereavement and presents case reports of 2 children (aged 9 and 11 yrs) referred to an art therapy group following the deaths of their fathers. Focus is on the relationship between self-expression through art and the mourning process. Data were derived from participant observation of the Ss' art therapy group sessions that included music therapy, the expression of feelings through body movement and imagery, visual art and drama, and group sharing of art. Child bereavement was an experience of uniqueness and sameness, experienced differently due to varying coping skills that depended on past experience and the nature of the parental relationship and the death.

Note: art therapy; bereavement of paternal deaths; 9 & 11 yr olds

Keyword(s): Art therapy; grief ; death and dying; school age children; childhood

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