Increasing Self-Esteem in Adult Women through a Group Art Therapy and Media Literacy Approach
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
This mixed methods study investigated the effectiveness of a group art therapy approach utilizing media literacy and narrative therapy in strengthening self-esteem in a sample of adult women. Eating disorders may increase as culture and media impose demands through objectification and devaluation. This study was comprised of a volunteer participant population of adult women ranging from 26 to 65 years-of-age. The study explored body image visual journaling and group discussion, along with the educational effects of media literacy on adult women in encouraging them to reject the toxic messaging and to develop resistance to media pressures. The results indicated that group art therapy approach utilizing media literacy and narrative therapy in strengthening self-esteem in a sample of adult women demonstrated effectiveness in increasing self-esteem. Further art therapy research was recommended to include adult female participants with eating disorders to improve the validity of the results.