The Effects of Narrative Art Therapy on Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors

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Call, Eileen
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
Women with a history of sexual abuse have higher rates of depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress symptoms, as well as feelings of shame and guilt. The researcher wanted to create an art therapy directive to help the symptoms that this population of women experiences. This research study examined the effects of using narrative art therapy with an adult population of sexual abuse survivors. The aim of the narrative art therapy directive was to increase self-acceptance and reduce anxiety. The results were a decrease in individually reported anxiety, greater self-acceptance and a better understanding of the self. The results of this study adds to the body of literature on the benefits of narrative art therapy with this specific population.