The present study addressed joint sand painting as a potential intervention technique for use in parent-child art psychotherapy. Twelve mother-child dyads aged 6–10 participated in the study. They were asked to draw in the sand according to structured guidelines. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with both the mothers and children. After the transcription process, a thematic analysis approach was applied. Three themes emerged from the findings: (1) The mothers’ and children's experiences as reflected in the joint sand painting; (2) The joint sand painting as a space for reflecting about the relationship; (3) The joint sand painting as a “potential space” to strengthen the mother-child bond. Overall, the dyadic experience of the joint sand painting allowed the participants to engage in a unique bonding experience that led to a meaningful encounter and processes of development and change. Future research should examine sand painting in the professional setting of parent-child art psychotherapy and in different clinical populations.
|Journal||Arts in Psychotherapy|
|State||Published - Sep 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We would like to thank the Sand Animator artist, Sheli Ben Nun, for her professional input. We are grateful to the mothers and children who took part in this study and allow us a glimpse into their personal and interpersonal worlds.
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- Mother-child dyads
- Parent-child art psychotherapy
- Sand painting
- Thematic analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health