Improving Behavioral Problems in Adolescents by Creating Art

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Lopez, Cindy
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
There has been an increase among public school students at various grades, primarily at the high school level. By creating art and displaying it within the school setting young people will be improving in their academics and reducing aggressive behavior towards teachers, other students, and school administrators. This eight-week pilot study proposed to verify the hypothesis that adolescents with behavioral issues who create art in an educational setting will decrease behavioral problems. It also affirmed that art displayed in a school setting may increase good behavior and provide positive reinforcement for the adolescent. The adolescent is currently attending high school and is on a Behavioral Individual Plan (BIP) for aggressive behavior. The data obtained in this study resulted from the student’s work and participant observer form/comments.