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90Life Research  2019, Vol. 2 Issue (2): 59-63    DOI: 10.12032/life2019-0425-002
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Helping adolescents develop self-realization using art therapy
Xiaoyang Fang1,*()
1Department of Art & Art Professions, New York University.
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Abstract  

This report explored psychodynamic developments that adolescents undergo in their process of self-realization and self-identification, including separation-individuation and ego development. The paper maked a case for art therapy as a resource and non-confrontational outlet to guide adolescents through their development and search for their self-identity. The role of the art therapist is presented as an alternative source of support and containment which may be lacking through the adolescents’ peers and parents. The paper ultimately argued that art therapy had many therapeutic qualities that could help the adolescent in their search and consolidation of the self.



Key wordsart therapy      adolescence      psychodynamic theory     
Received: 16 February 2019      Published: 24 April 2019
Corresponding Authors: Fang Xiaoyang     E-mail: xyf200@nyu.edu
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Xiaoyang Fang. Helping adolescents develop self-realization using art therapy. 90Life Research, 2019, 2(2): 59-63.

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