The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of an art therapy-based online emotional awareness psycho-education program on increasing the emotional awareness of mothers with children aged 0-5 years. The 10-session psycho-education program prepared by the researchers focuses on the acquisitions of recognizing one's own and others' feelings, taking responsibility for one's feelings, distinguishing between feelings and thoughts, caring for one's feelings in the decisions they make, understanding and caring about the feelings of others, and understanding their emotion-thought and behavior pattern. During the Covid-19 pandemic period, 22 mothers (11 experiments, 11 controls) who have children between the ages of 0-5, determined through an online announcement, participated in the program and formed the study group. The online psycho-education program using pre-test, post-test and follow-up tests is a semi-experimental study. The findings show that the emotional awareness scores of the participants in the experimental group increased significantly compared to the participants in the control group after the 10-session online psycho-education program. This result reveals that the online emotional awareness psycho-education program based on art therapy is effective in increasing the emotional awareness levels of mothers who have children aged 0-5.
Art therapy, psycho-education, emotional awareness