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It Runs in the Family: Finding a Way Out of the Cycle of Intergenerational Attachment Trauma Through Meaning-Making and Art Therapy

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It Runs in the Family: Finding a Way Out of the Cycle of Intergenerational Attachment Trauma Through Meaning-Making and Art Therapy

Petrella, Samantha (2016) It Runs in the Family: Finding a Way Out of the Cycle of Intergenerational Attachment Trauma Through Meaning-Making and Art Therapy. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This research paper is a theoretical exploration of how art therapy, applied through an existential therapy framework, may foster meaning-making as a way to break the cycle of intergenerational attachment trauma. An analysis and synthesis of the existing literature is the basis for suggesting a novel way of conceptualizing the treatment of attachment trauma in adults and caregivers at risk of perpetuating the cycle of trauma. The goal of this theoretical research paper is to explore existing theories, while highlighting themes and approaches that could be integrated in order to work towards additional research and the development of an art therapy intervention based on the concepts promoted in this theoretical exploration. The literature is divided into categories which address the origins of attachment theory, neurobiological and attachment based models of intergeneration transmission of trauma, existential theories of psychotherapy, Viktor Frankl’s theory of Logotherapy, the concept of meaning-making as a therapeutic approach, and art therapy approaches based on both trauma-informed practices and existential approaches. The paper culminates in the author’s reflections on the potential for integration of these various theories. Finally, limitations are discussed and implications are mentioned in order to promote further research in this vein of art therapy.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Petrella, Samantha
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:1 September 2016
Keywords:art therapy, attachment trauma, attachment theory, intergenerational trauma, meaning-making, existential therapy, cycle of trauma
ID Code:981568
Deposited By: SAMANTHA PETRELLA
Deposited On:01 Sep 2016 12:43
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 18:12
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