The Assessment of Attachment Security Through Art Therapy: A Case Study Illustration

The Assessment of Attachment Security Through Art Therapy: A Case Study Illustration

The Assessment of Attachment Security Through Art Therapy: A Case Study Illustration

The Assessment of Attachment Security Through Art Therapy: A Case Study Illustrations

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Huot, Sophie. 2002. «The Assessment of Attachment Security Through Art Therapy: A Case Study Illustration». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université Concodia, Département d’enseignement des arts et de thérapies par les arts.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The following case study describes the evolution of art therapy sessions with Martin (a pseudonym), a 9 year-old child diagnosed with an attachment disorder. » (p. 23)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
Case study : Martin, a 9 year-old boy.

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


« This research paper explores the expression of attachment patterns in drawings. It begins by giving an overview of attachment theory, particularly reviewing Bowlby’s concept of internal working models of relationships and Fonagy’s ideas on the development of children’s perception of themselves as thinking and feeling beings. Current applications of attachment theory in art therapy research are also summarised. These concepts are then illustrated with the case study of a 9 year-old boy diagnosed with disrupted attachment attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder. The Family Drawing Checklist (FDC) devised by Fury (1996; Fury, Carlson & Sroufe, 1997) to categorise family drawings according to attachment type is used to analyse this boy’s family portrait as well as the drawings he made in his individual art therapy sessions. These results classify his work as being insecurely attached but without distinguishing between insecure attachment types. The Kerns Security Scale (KSS) constructed by Kerns, Klepac & Coles (1996) is also utilised to glean more information about his attachment status its results show that he is securely attached to his father but insecurely attached to his mother. Links between this child’s artistic production, his attachment patterns, and the results of the FOC and the KSS, support the blend of art therapy and attachment theory when treating children with attachment disorders. » (p. iii)