Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"Connecting hearts through arts": A curriculum for Latina women who are survivors of domestic violence
by Arellano, Christina Guadalupe, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 100; 1527876
Abstract (Summary)

This curriculum aims to increase self-esteem among Latina women who have survived domestic violence or intimate partner violence and need emotional and social support. Themes discussed include Latino cultural norms that may influence beliefs about marriage and relationships. This curriculum uniquely utilizes expressive art activities to focus on each theme. The objectives for this curriculum are designed to enable women to: (a) increase their self-esteem, (b) identify positive ways of coping with negative feelings from past abusive and violent relationships through creative art activities, (c) gain a sense of empowerment, and (d) increase positive social support as a protective factor. The curriculum consists of five weekly sessions, 2 ½ hours each. The curriculum is based on a thorough investigation of literature exploring art therapy as a supplemental and unique way to help women who have experienced domestic violence, cope. Social work practice, advocacy, and implications for future implementation are addressed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mayers Pasztor, Eileen
Commitee: Santhiveeran, Janaki, Washington, Thomas Alex
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Latina women
Publication Number: 1527876
ISBN: 978-1-303-98399-3
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