The Role of Art Therapy in Self-Esteem Levels Among Female Victims of Trauma and Abuse

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Wolfe, Madeline
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
This study examined the relationship between group art therapy interventions and self-esteem levels among adult, female victims of trauma and/or abuse. The group had three female participants and took place in an art-making studio at a local private practice. The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES; Rosenberg, 1965) and the Feelings of Self-Worth Measure (Critcher & Dunning, 2015) served as pre and posttest measures to assess whether art therapy sessions effected change in participant self-esteem and self-worth. Additionally, self-reflection questionnaires allowed for reflection and introspection following each individual art directive. Through thematic analysis and creative art processes (involving painting, drawing, narrative art techniques, collage, mandala work, and self-portraiture), the research indicated that art therapy interventions had a positive impact on self-esteem and self-worth levels for these participants. Future studies were recommended.