The efficacy of expressive arts person-centered group therapy to enhance self empowerment of low achieving, low socio-economic, inner-city adolescent girls

A case study at Good Shepherd Welfare Centre (GSWC)

Vaneitha A P Balakrishnan, Rohany Nasir

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This exploratory case study examines the efficacy of expressive arts person-centered group therapy intervention in enhancing the self empowerment of 10 low achieving, low socio-economic, inner city adolescent girls resident at a group home. The target population for the study was identified as residents at the highest levels of risk. At-risk criteria consisted of demonstrated poor school attendance, disruptive behaviors, significantly low grades, being neglected or abused either physically or emotionally, being exposed to pre-marital sex and unwanted teen pregnancy as well as other associated problems at their homes. The 10 participants were randomly assigned to an experimental group who received an expressive arts person-centered group therapy intervention or a control group of delayed intervention. The assessment materials comprise of three sets of questionnaires, namely for the participants, the participants' school class teachers and the caregivers at the group home. Scores were reported based on all the sub-scales of the three questionnaires assessing various aspects of self empowerment. For each participant the mean scores for each sub scales of the questionnaires were first computed for the pre and post measurement separately. Then for each sub scales of the questionnaires the participants' mean scores were calculated. Results of the comparative analysis revealed significant differences between groups. The expressive arts person-centered group therapy intervention has been effective in enhancing the self empowerment of the experiment group participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-336
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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Keywords

  • Expressive arts
  • Group counseling
  • Person-centered group therapy
  • Self empowerment

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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