A competency-based art therapy approach for improving the self-esteem of a pre-adolescent girl

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Papaluca, Maria T.
Art therapy; Self-esteem; Testing; Self-esteem in children; Self-esteem in adolescence.; Art Therapy
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The aim of the current study is to present multi-faceted instruments to measure the effectiveness of a competency-based approach to Art Therapy for improving the self-esteem of a pre-adolescent girl. The theoretical framework for this approach applies well established Art Therapy and Family Art Therapy theory and practice to contemporary clinical practices in individual Family Therapy. The Self-Perception Profile for Children (SPPC) (Harter, 1985b), House-Tree-Person Drawing Test (H-T-P) (Buck, 1970), the subject's self-ratings, ratings of the subject's competence by her mother and her teacher, and ratings of the subject's artwork by objective judges are employed in a Pretest-Posttest research design strategy (Huck, Cannier & Bounds, 1974). The findings of the current study present the competency-based Art Therapy approach as a useful form of assessment and therapeutic modality when working with pre-adolescents. Improvement in the subject's self-esteem is demonstrated in the findings with minor gains perceived by one of her caregivers.