A Phenomenological Study of the Sandplay Therapy Expression of Six Immigrants’ Psychological Adaptation in Quebec

A Phenomenological Study of the Sandplay Therapy Expression of Six Immigrants’ Psychological Adaptation in Quebec

A Phenomenological Study of the Sandplay Therapy Expression of Six Immigrants’ Psychological Adaptation in Quebec

A Phenomenological Study of the Sandplay Therapy Expression of Six Immigrants’ Psychological Adaptation in Quebecs

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Lipadatova, Olga. 2014. «A Phenomenological Study of the Sandplay Therapy Expression of Six Immigrants’ Psychological Adaptation in Quebec». Thèse de doctorat, Montréal, Université Concordia, Programme individualisé spécial.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«Thus, the purpose of the present study is to investigate the phenomenon of adaptation to a new country as expressed through the sandplay process with the use of the integrated theory of adaptation based on the Kalffian model of Sandplay Therapy and the theoretical frame of Jungian depth psychology.» (p. 187)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«My objective in the present research is to answer, through a phenomenological approach, the following question: how do the Sandplay Therapy expressions of immigrants in Quebec reveal their psychological adaptation to their new socio-cultural environment?» (p. 17)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«Out of the total number of 23 candidates, only the six who participated in the research completed the process and also satisfied all of the requirements of the present investigation, and therefore only their accounts will be presented here.» (p. 201)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«The findings suggest relations among the imagery representing the participants’ experiences (in the form of the sandpictures); the underlining psychological processes unfolding in the participants’ psyche; and the conscious understanding of the experience of adaptation voiced by the participants. The research participants presented patterns in their expressions linking their experiences of adaptation to the unfolding of the specific psychological processes that were revealed through the images.» (p. iii) «Coincidentally, in the case of all four female participants, the loss of their mother occurred either just before or shortly after their emigration from their country of origin. Their process demonstrated that the issue of the loss of the mother was strongly linked to their ability to become fully independent individuals. The imagery unfolding in the sandpictures of the four female participants demonstrated that the recovery of their positive self-image and of their feminine identity was linked to their grief over the loss of their mother. […] All female participants had families and two to three (in Maria’s case) children. All four reported experiencing difficulties with their children, which were more significant at the beginning and reduced by the end of their therapy process.» (p. 476-477)