The experiences encountered during combat and military service can have lasting effects on mental health, physical health, and well-being for our nation’s veterans. Older veterans make up a large majority of the U.S. veteran population and the unique needs of this demographic must be considered. Military service can impact a variety of long-term outcomes related to health and well-being for older veterans and providing effective therapeutic interventions to process these life experiences can aid in improved health outcomes. Art therapy papermaking can be a meaningful and dynamic therapeutic modality for processing trauma, developing resilience, reminiscing, and narrative storytelling. This dissertation investigated a unique papermaking method which focuses on the military uniform, deconstructing the fabric, and transforming the material into handmade paper. A mixed-methods sequential explanatory design was used to investigate the impacts of this art therapy papermaking method on self-efficacy and to gain an understanding of the significant themes and aspects of this unique method for older veteran participants. This dissertation research explored the use of the military uniform in the papermaking process and its benefits for reminiscing, life review, and processing of powerful life experiences for the participants in this study.
|Advisor:||Parker Bell, Barbara|
|Commitee:||Joiner, Thomas, Villeneuve, Pat, Gussak, Dave|
|School:||The Florida State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Art education, Therapy|
|Keywords:||Art therapy, Generalized self-efficacy scale, Military, Papermaking, Uniform, Veterans|
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