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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Papermaking on Self-Efficacy of Older Military Veterans: A Mixed-Methods Single Case Study
by McFarland, Anne Louise, Ph.D., The Florida State University, 2020, 190; 10638762
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Parker Bell, Barbara
Commitee: Joiner, Thomas, Villeneuve, Pat, Gussak, Dave
School: The Florida State University
Department: Art Education
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
Publication Number: 10638762
ISBN: 9798569968978
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