Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Current research is limited in the transmission of transgenerational trauma. Most
of the research available on the topic was specific to the survivors of the
Holocaust. The focus in this thesis is on the Armenian population and how the
trauma of the wars and the Genocide has transmitted to future generations and
continues to impact the population today. The literature reviewed for this topic
explored how trauma transcends these generations but also how the resilience
transcends. My goal was to help build resilience through the artmaking
process more in the style of Jungian art therapy in a semi-open studio structure.
The artmaking and the response art served as a container in expressing the
heaviness of the transgenerational trauma and became a catalyst for the reflection
on the transmission of resilience. Specific to the Armenian culture, the Armenian
population does not tend to seek therapy or talk about their feelings, so in this
process the artmaking aided in expressing the trauma with a creative outlet
through the exploration of various art materials.
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Carter, Ruzanna, "Healing Collective Generational Trauma and Building Resilience Through Art Therapy" (2022). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 589.
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