Date of Award
Master of Arts
Marital and Family Therapy
School or College
College of Communication and Fine Arts
Einat S. Metzl
This research paper is an art-based heuristic influenced study on the fear of aging and the self using an art-based modality of exploration. The researcher sought to study three questions. First, to explore the relationship between aging, beauty, youth, and social pressures. Second, to explore the fears related to aging, (losing appearances, finance, health, and death). Thirdly, to considering the implications of findings to the clinical realm. The art based methodology offered a form of investigation which, informed by heuristic steps of inquiry, augmented both personal meaning and growth. Data consisted of art made over a three-month period as well as structured journaling regarding the research questions and art making process. The imagery, journaling and observations were then collected during the illumination and explication phase, culminating in a final art response of the findings in a creative synthesis.
Steingart, Leia R., "The Fear of Aging and the Self: A Heuristicaly Influenced Study" (2018). LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations. 490.