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KMID : 1025820160240020187
Family and Family Therapy
2016 Volume.24 No. 2 p.187 ~ p.206
Empowerment of Married Immigrant Women at a Shelter with Solution-Focused Art Therapy
Cho Yun-Joo

Choi Youn-Shil
Abstract
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to develop a solution-focused art therapy group program to empower married immigrant women staying at a shelter. The study was designed with the intention of helping these women strengthen their inherent problem-solving and other competencies.

Methods: The researchers divided 20 subjects into control and experimental groups, with ten subjects in each. A homogeneity test was conducted. The differences of empowerment from before and after the study, measured via the Wilcoxon signed-rank test, provided sufficient information for a statistical analysis, using SPSS 18.0 and the Mann-Whitney U Test for homogeneity.

Results: The solution-focused art therapy group program showed positive effects for the married immigrant women staying at the shelter. The sub-elements of empowerment (self-esteem, self-efficacy, and sociality) all improved, while powerlessness was reduced.

Conclusions: This study was conducted with the use of active and effective counseling on married immigrant women at a shelter, which allowed for an organic integration of the art therapy, empowerment, and solution-focused counseling. An appropriate utilization of this study seems very promising because it provides baseline data necessary for implementing better therapeutic treatments of married immigrant women in shelters.
KEYWORD
shelter, married immigrant women, solution-focused therapy, art program
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