Using conceptual art forms as a means of therapy for Junior High School students

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Adolescence is regarded as a transitional period because of prevalence of stress and anxiety which are likely to affect the academic performance of students of that age. This research explores possibility of the use of art therapy to manage prevailing circumstances of the adolescent students in J.H S. 1 and 3, by designing variety of art activities that can assist them to express themselves and reduce stress, and assess the effect of these exercises. The questions for the research also seeks the role of art therapy in schools, how conceptual art forms can help J.H.S. students relax and relieve stress as well as the effect of the activities. The descriptive type of research methodology was adopted using a Post-drawing Interrogation (P.D.I.) and House-Tree-Person (H-T-P) model as data gathering and interpretation devices respectively. The sampling procedure that was employed was the purposive type. The variety of projective drawings rendered depict the level of consciousness of the students about their environment and also show some activities that make some students pick up certain behaviours such as bullying and absenteeism. As a matter of policy, Ministries, departments and agencies should empower institutions under them to use the creative arts therapy as a means for relaxation and stress relief.
A Thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi,in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Art Education.