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Thirty-Year Study Links Neuroscience, Specific Trauma, PTSD, Image Conversion, and Language Translation
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Thirty-Year Study Links Neuroscience, Specific Trauma, PTSD, Image Conversion, and Language Translation

Author: Dee Spring
Publisher: American Art Therapy Association, Inc., 1202 Allanson Road, Mundelein, IL 60060-3808. Tel: 888-290-0878 (Toll Free);Fax: 847-566-4580; e-mail: info@arttherapy.org.
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Art Therapy Journal of the American Art Therapy Assoc, v21 n4 p200-209 Dec 2004
Database:ERIC The ERIC database is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education.
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Despite voluminous literature on trauma, studies on specific trauma and art expression remain sparse. Recurring graphic forms produced by sexual abuse victims have appeared in art therapy publications dating back to Naumburg (1958), but links between sexual abuse-assault and recurring graphic forms were not considered. In 1973, this author began a 30-year study of recurring graphic forms in drawings by this  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Dee Spring
ISSN:0742-1656
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 425924306
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Despite voluminous literature on trauma, studies on specific trauma and art expression remain sparse. Recurring graphic forms produced by sexual abuse victims have appeared in art therapy publications dating back to Naumburg (1958), but links between sexual abuse-assault and recurring graphic forms were not considered. In 1973, this author began a 30-year study of recurring graphic forms in drawings by this incidentspecific group. Results reveal victims produce an artistic language not produced by nonvictims. Analyses using repeated ANOVAS determined frequency of occurrence of graphic forms across 225 drawings of 45 adult females. Findings indicate distinct graphic forms symbolize sensory-perceptual elements and stimulate integration of traumatic effects by image conversion through language translation, artistic to linguistic.

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