Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Kelvin Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT


This thesis first explores the relationship between several concepts related to academic stress (academic burnout, academic weariness or school weariness, and school refusal) and their influencing factors, which are collectively referred to as academic maladjustment. It then reviews the empirical intervention research on academic maladjustment among Chinese adolescents. Study review has found that effective talk therapy interventions for Chinese adolescents with academic maladjustment often adopt a systematic perspective of family therapy and related techniques. Researchers worked with adolescents on their personal factors that contribute to academic maladjustment and work on the interpersonal level and obtained the cooperation of parents and teachers who were closely related to adolescents' academic adjustment, which was seldom discussed by creative arts therapy.

In the end, this thesis puts forward the conceptions on utilizing the methods of focus-oriented expressive arts therapy from the perspective of brief family therapy in a problem-solving approach to intervening Chinese adolescents with academic maladjustment and suggests future study to use Expressive Therapies Continuum to help academic maladjustment adolescents' family.

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