Case study: The role of art therapy as an emotional regulation for the processing of psychological experience of a child living under intensive foster care services in Scotland.
(2014) Case study: The role of art therapy as an emotional regulation for the processing of psychological experience of a child living under intensive foster care services in Scotland., no. 55.
Children who have been neglected or abused by a primary caregiver are often watchful, fearful, and alert to danger. The increasing population of children in foster care requires social health services to increase their understanding of the minds and emotions of those children. Anger, aggression, and other hostile behaviour act as a barrier for healthy social interactions. How practitioners can support and understand children with this complex behaviour, and what practitioners have to provide to those children in order to cooperate and perform better in social interactions, are the two research questions which have informed my case study. Further, it is suggested that art therapy can have the potential to enhance the development of trust within the therapeutic relationship by offering a creative engagement within a healthy and secure environment. Art therapy increases the ability for creativity, and it is in the realm of creativity that humans can form good interpersonal relationships. The most relevant methodology for this research seems to be the hermeneutic phenomenological method which investigates the clinical phenomenon and then communicate the results to the health care professions. The fact that the researcher exposed him/herself to several sources prior, within, and during the process provides a holistic knowledge base of the social and health issues of the research topic. Thematic analysis was chosen as the most appropriate methodology for data analysis for this specific research, and through this four themes (grandiosity, lack of beauty, control and intersubjective play) emerged in answer the research questions. This paper's single case study provides us with rich data on the experiences of a young boy living with foster carers, and who encounters social and personal difficulties to relate positively with himself and others. Art therapy interventions helped me to understand the connection between the child's behaviour and his past relationships, as well as providing him with the opportunity to experience and build a new healthy relationship giving him the capacity for hope, trust, and understandin