Date of Award
Spring April 2016
Master of Arts
Marital and Family Therapy
School or College
College of Communication and Fine Arts
This research examined the usefulness of art making in exploring sexuality. Specifically, women participating in partners of sex addicts groups and the LGBTQ online community were invited to take an online survey, exploring both visually and verbally discuss how they view their sexuality and how they think others view their sexuality. The data was then analyzed within and between categories to produce three overarching themes: (1) Expressing sexuality: the tension between the self and others (2) The usefulness of art making to explore sexuality, and (3) Limitations and challenges of the study. Through the discussion of the themes, researchers found a dichotomy between how participants see their sexuality and how others see it. Art was found to be a useful device for exploring the emotionality and complexity of sexuality.
Cowley, Martha C.; Gallop, Jane; and Feinberg, Amanda Hale, "Exploring Sexuality Through Art Making" (2016). LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations. 294.