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Title: The Group Dynamics of the Collaborative Artwork by Group Members from the Korean Culture: A Phenomenological Study
Authors: Park, Jooryung
Keywords: Art Therapy;Koreans;Group Art;Group Dynamics
Issue Date: 5-Feb-2009
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the phenomenon of the collaborative group art process as experienced by Koreans. Korean culture has a strong relationship with collectivistic cultural value. This thesis, therefore, intends to probe the influence of collectivistic cultural values in a group art therapy setting using phenomenological study methods. For this study, six Korean participants were recruited for a collaborative art making session. They were asked to draw a community of their minds. A group interview was conducted after the drawing was completed as well as individual validations interviews one month after the session. The phenomenological data analysis showed three essential structures that were central to the lived experience of the phenomenon: differing views on the meaning of boundaries, guidance to uninhibited self-expressions, and maintenance of Korean culture in America. In conclusion, the Korean collectivistic value of cooperation conformed to the collaborative art making, the use of image as means of communication suited the Korean collectivistic norm that values non-verbal communication, resulting in enhanced self-expression and understanding of others.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2957
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