Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
2 v.: mounted col. ill. 28 cm.
Psychotherapy, Painting -- Psychological aspects, Communication in art, Artists with mental disabilities
This thesis presents the results of a longitudinal study of a painting class for a group of mentally retarded and physically handicapped young adults. The author's observational journal and the students' paintings provided the basis of the thesis. The author gave maximum freedom to her students and the students fully exercised creativity through their painting activity. Eventually each student created his own style in his painting. This experience brought a new identity to the group. The students evolved from a collection of separate people into a cohesive social unit. The author tries to show, in this developmental process, how intellectual and emotional events and probless were met and solved by the students in their painting activity. Painting is seen as a powerful medium of communication and expression for the students. In order to esphasize this point, the author used three case histories which include 132 pictures presented in VOL. II.
Steidel, Yaeko, "Group painting as a means of self-expression and communication for mentally retarded persons: three case histories (volumes I and II)" (1979). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 848.